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Prosecutor leads challenge to help fight intern's cancer

Law enforcement across the state is helping a Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office intern with her fight against cancer.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 12:11 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2017 6:49 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Law enforcement across the state is helping a Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office intern with her fight against cancer.

Sarah Kay was diagnosed with Leukemia in July. She found out over the phone while working at the prosecutor's office.

Sarah Kay

Kay is married and has a 2-year-old son. She says it's been difficult paying for medical and living expenses since.

Shocked and afraid, Kay's coworkers were there to help her and haven't stopped since.

"I had no idea, it was completely devastating, I was sitting out in the hallway crying," said Kay.

No one could prepare Sarah Kay for Leukemia but several were there to comfort her.

"Just prayed with me and then they called my husband and told him to come get me," said Kay.

The doctor said she had to go to the Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis immediately.

"And then I was there for four weeks getting treatment, I went into remission and now I'm waiting on a bone marrow transplant," Kay said.

Don't let that sweet smile fool you, Kay is one tough cookie.

"I was a 911 dispatcher before this job and I loved it," said Kay.

She loves studying law. Her dream is to become a deputy prosecuting attorney in Tippecanoe County, which seems promising if you ask the guy in charge.

"I can't wait for the day that she passes the bar and I get her to come back here and raise her right hand and take the oath to become a deputy prosecuting attorney," said Harrington.

But first, she has to tackle her case against cancer. Like most DPAs, she's confident she'll win. But it's nice to have help.

The prosecutor's office started a fundraising site to help with Kay's medical and living expenses.

"They sent it out to all 91 prosecutors. I'm getting emails daily from prosecutors across the state who have sent it to their staff, challenging their staff," said Harrington.

Lafayette Police shared it on twitter.

"I saw that the other day, which was cool," said Kay.

Kay is originally from Georgia but all this support makes Indiana feel like home.

"I haven't been in the community that long, but just in this experience, I've had so much support and I am just very very grateful, it's very humbling," said Kay.

If you'd like to help Kay and her family in her battle against cancer click here for more information.

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