St. Joe County Officer battles rare cancer

By Jen Cardone |

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU)- A St. Joe County officer has just been diagnosed with an extremely rare type of cancer and he and his family are in need of help.

Corporal Kyle Stopczynski found out about the cancer after he slipped on some ice during a hunting trip on Dec. 10. He had tremendous back pain so he decided to go to the doctor.

After several doctor trips and an MRI scan, he learned that he has two masses in his back that are pushing on his spinal chord causing the pain.

The cancer, myxopapillary ependymoma, is extremely rare, so rare that he has to go to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX for even more screenings. Kyle and his wife Amber have no idea how long they will have to stay in Texas, but the bills are piling up.

A friend started a gofundme page on Thursday, and they have received over 16,000 dollars in one day.

“I mean it’s blown me away the amount of people that have helped,” said Kyle Stopczynski. “You know they always say being a police officer, we’re all brothers.”

“The support of the community and our family and friends is overwhelming and we can’t ask for better support than what we’ve received,” said his wife Amber. “We can’t thank people enough and hopefully one day we can do the same for somebody else.”

Also, Kyle is not the only one battling cancer. His mom, Renee, has been battling ovarian cancer for three years.

If you would like to contribute to the cause, here is a link to the gofundme page:


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