MONROE COUNTY, Ark. - A small community is offering big support in a deputy's fight for his life.
Monroe County in eastern Arkansas is rallying around one of their own battling reoccurring cancer.
"It was my dream to be a deputy for this county. I finally got my chance and here I am," Deputy Chase Julian said.
Chase Julian and his wife Racheal were born and raised in Monroe County.
They've been married for almost 3 years, have 4 kids and were excited for the future.
"You start thinking about retirement, 401k, and of course that's an option, but cancer? That's not something you think about," Racheal said.
In February of 2016, Chase considered joining the Army.
But during his physical, the doctor found a mass.
He was diagnosed with testicular cancer and immediately went into surgery. He did not undergo chemotherapy.
"Supposed to be clear. Just you know, check up every year. Didn't expect anything else, you know he was 24," Racheal said.
Fast forward one year to a new baby and a new job at the Sheriff's Department.
"Chase came into my office one day and he said, 'hey Sheriff my back's hurting,'" Monroe County Sheriff Michael Neal said.
A few days later Chase was headed back to the doctor for tests.
A tumor the size of a softball is now attached to Chase's lower lumbar spine.
"I counted, I think about 24-25 days of chemo in a month and a half since this all started," Racheal said.
"The last two weeks have been my roughest weeks by far," Chase said.
But through his sickness, Chase is finding support from across the state.
From a softball tournament, to t-shirt sales and BBQ plate dinners, the town of 8,000 has raised more than 10,000 dollars.
"It's like everybody here is part of home and they help without even having to ask," Chase said.
While Chase says his family and faith keep him fighting each day, there's one thing he can't help but look forward to.
His favorite spots are Applebee's, Red Lobster, and Sashimi Japanese Steakhouse in Maumelle.
The family should know by the end of the month if the therapy is working.
Surgery would be the last option. Doctor's say they would need to go out of state to get it removed.
The Sheriff's Department plans to have a golf tournament fundraiser for the family this spring.
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