BURLESON (CBSDFW.COM) - In November, Joshua Police Officer Zach Mazey wasn’t feeling like himself. And after repeated trips to the doctor, he and his department got the news: He had been diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma.
On a fun-filled Sunday afternoon, the community gathered at Fresco’s Cocina Mexicana to raise awareness of the important cause.
“(We’re here to) show our support for Officer Mazey,” said Gina Nemitz, a secretary with the Joshua Police Dept.
At the age of 28, Mazey dedicated his life to fighting crime and protecting the community. That community came out in droves Sunday to help him overcome the fight for his life.
“It’s a career you get into because you care about people and you care about your community,” Mazey said. “It’s nice to know your community cares about you back.”
A portion of every customer’s bill will be donated to a fund for Mazey. Just last week, they raised more than $10,000 through a softball fundraiser.
“I can’t tell you how tremendously blessed I feel and how overwhelming it is to see the support that I’ve had,” Mazey said.
The Boston-native joined the force in September. He has no family in Texas; coworkers, however, beg to differ.
“We’re his family,” said Chief Annabeth Robertson. “We’re here to support him, help him through this.”
Through it all, Mazey has been able to put the diagnosis in perspective.
“It’s not easy, and it’s not pleasant, but as I’ve said before, I’m blessed this hasn’t been as bad as it could be,” he said.
And he had a smile planted on his face for much of Sunday afternoon. Click here for more information.