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Charleston Police officer diagnosed with rare form of thyroid cancer

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - A patrolman with the Charleston Police Department is receiving support from across the nation after being diagnosed with a rare form of medullary thyroid cancer. 

That cancer, according to the official Gofundme page aimed at raising funds for his treatment, has spread to his bones.

Ptlm. Larry Holstein is currently undergoing radiation in his spine at John Hopkins in Baltimore, the page states.

Holstein and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child in December.

The goal of any funds that are raised is to ensure that the young family can "rest a little bit easier knowing that they don’t have to stress as much over the financial aspect of things and can focus more on recovery and planning for baby", friends said.

In addition to the Gofundme page, friends and fellow officers are hosting a double-elimination basketball tournament aimed at raising vital funds for the Holstein family.  

The tournament will be held at Capital High School on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.  

The tournament will be accompanied by a yard sale, raffles for gift baskets, and a 50/50 drawing. Hot dogs, chips and refreshments will also be sold. 

If you're interested in making a donation to the Holstein family, give the Charleston Police Department a call at 304-348-6470 x 4917. 

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