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Community rallies behind local police officer after lymphoma diagnosis

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Albany/HV: Community rallies behind local police officer after lymphoma diagnosis
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"Glazed donuts, number one seller," said Jay Halyako, owner of the Schuyler Bakery.

There may be no better reason to satisfy your sweet tooth. Every customer that walks in the door of Schuyler Bakery will be helping out Dan Mahar.

Halayko said, "A week with five percent of sales and the bucket."

"He's been working, saving the community, and now it's the community's turn to help him," said Carol Dewolf, Dan's mother-in-law.

Dan is a Watervliet Police Officer, and risks his life everyday protecting people. Now, he's fighting to save his own life.

Mahar said, "It's been tough, in the beginning especially, because we didn't know what was going on."

In November, Dan wasn't feeling well, and doctors thought he may have pneumonia.

"When I went to get x-rays done on my chest, they found a mass the size of a grapefruit," said Mahar.

The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a rare form of Lymphoma, leaving him too sick to work while he undergoes chemotherapy. He spends most of his time at home with his family and two dogs, or at the hospital.

As the medical bills continue to pile up, the community is stepping in.

"Means a lot to me, makes you real emotional, words can't even explain how I feel," Mahar said.

Carol Dewolf said, "It's a wonderful feeling to know that people out there are still willing to help."

It's a gift Dan is prepared to give back one day by volunteering with the cancer community.

"It's completely life changing. You realize even at such a young age you can't take things for granted if there's something you want to do in life, in you need to do it, don't let time pass you by," Mahar said.

For more information on future events, or how you can help, head to the
Fundraiser for Officer Dan Mahar Facebook page.

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