Police officer Mike Thomas serves the Town of Shelburne on a regular basis, and now it’s time for the community to return the favor. A six-year veteran of the police force, Thomas was diagnosed with Leukemia in March. The day after diagnosis, he received remission induction treatment at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Twenty eight days later, he was classified as “in remission,” although his treatments will be ongoing. The UVM Medical Center is working closely with the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston; Thomas has already travelled there once for a consultation and will likely have to make the trek in the future.
Of the collaborative treatment, Thomas says, “UVM and Boston seem to work incredibly well together,” adding, “I have to trust and have faith in them that they know what they’re doing. Before being diagnosed, the fatigue and joint pain was incredible. But throughout the chemo and steroids I’ve been feeling better. Hopefully I’ll stay that way.”
In an effort to support Thomas and his entire family during this difficult time, the police department, with help from Shelburne’s fire and rescue departments, is hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the fire station on Wednesday, May 27 at 6pm. Community members will enjoy all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, a roll, ice cream, and a beverage selection generously donated by Buono Appetito and the Shelburne Supermarket. The cost of the dinner is $8 for adults, and $4 for children under 10 years old.
A fund to support Thomas, defraying the costs associated with treatment that insurance won’t cover, has been set up at Green Mountain Credit Union. Plus the officer’s 9-year-old grandson, Logan, will be on hand selling wristbands to benefit the fund, so be sure to pay him a visit.
Thomas has nothing but kind words for the community. When talking about the Shelburne Community School, where his wife of 31 years works as a para-educator, he says “They’ve been incredible, coming to her support and our support, the school and the Shelburne community, they’ve been very good to her, very good to us, and making sure she has everything she needs.” Thomas also added that he appreciates the support he has received from all sides. “It means so much, just the people checking in, the people sending notes, it keeps you going, like “okay, I gotta get through this.’”
If you’re unable to attend the spaghetti dinner but would still like to donate, checks made out to Officer Mike Thomas can be mailed directly to the Credit Union at 4 Laurel Hill Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403 or visit gofundme.com/tf9p74 to donate online.
For more information about the fundraiser please contact Officer Robert Lake, Officer Joshua Flore, or Corporal Aaron Noble at the Shelburne Police Department (802) 985-8051.