Phoenix police hoping to raise money for fellow officer fighting rare diseases

The Phoenix Police Department is hosting a fundraiser for one of their own today.
Hundreds of people showed up to help raise money for an officer who's battling two rare autoimmune diseases.  
Currently there is no cure for either diseases this officer is suffering from, but there are treatments to help manage the symptoms. 
The funds raised today will help make sure he can continue with these treatments.
His medical bills are already into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. 
"He's fighting mentally to be here, but I don’t think we could drag him away from here right now," said Sgt. Keith Politte with the Phoenix Police Department.    
Phoenix Police Sergeant Keith Politte (po-leet) is talking about Phoenix Police Officer Ben Denham. 
"Truly a humbling experience for me,” said Denham. “I'm very touched by the outpouring of support." 
Denham is a father of four and he is battling not one, but two rare autoimmune diseases. 
"Scleroderma is one of them and Polymyositis is the one that really took a hit on me earlier this year and put me in the hospital for an extended stay."  
Today family, friends and complete strangers came together at the Phoenix Police Air Support Unit for a fundraiser to help Denham with medical expenses. 
His bills have already exceeded $300,000. 
"We've had a lot of tragedy over the past couple of months with the loss of officer Glasser,” said Politte. “We made it through that and this gave people something to focus on and to move forward with and to see a good side of something that we do as opposed to all of the bad sides."      
Denham has spent the last 15 years working in the Maryvale Precinct. 
"I just want to keep contributing and be a part of that, that's why I've asked to continue working there and helping out my squad the best way I can," Denham said. 
He's currently on light duty, but hoping with aggressive treatment and therapy he'll be back doing what he loves, serving his community. 
"This show of support for me just provides motivation to set those goals that I have, to work hard at them and honestly there is no medication out there that's going to put back the muscle and the loss of energy and loss of endurance and strength, that's going to come from hard work that I have to put in and yes I wake up in pain everyday and I wake up at the same time, thankful that it's a new day, I'm here with my family, I'm able to move forward and progress" said Denham.          
If you would like to help, visit this GoFundMe page for Officer Denham. 
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