On November 7, 2013 West Mifflin Police K9 Officer James Pawling was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma. Jim is looking at a long battle with intense, in patient, chemotherapy initially to last approximately 5-6 months. During this time Jim will obviously not be able to work and his wife Kate has taken FMLA from her job to be by Jims side every day during this tough battle. Jim is the father of 4 boys Devin (15), Dylan (11), Jacob, (8) and Zackary (5). Jim has been a Police Officer for a total of 18 years working for several Departments, (Mckees Rocks, Homestead and The City of Pittsburgh School Police), prior to being hired by the West Mifflin Police Department on 01/06/2003.
Several of Jim's close friends and relatives are working together to create a fundraiser benefit to assist Jim, Kate, and their children in this time of need. We are seeking donations of merchandise, goods, services, assisting at the benefit, or any monetary support. Donations are already coming in for Chinese and silent auctions. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. An exact location of the event will be announced in the coming days, but, the date is already set at January 9, 2014. There will also be ways of contributing online shortly.
If there are any questions or you care to donate any items
or assistance, please contact the following via facebook or email:
Jason Poniewaz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Munhall/Pittsburgh/
Thank you in advance, and look forward to seeing you all in January. Please feel free to add anyone to the guest list that may have been missed.