WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette Police Sgt. Aron Thompson is in remission after battling leukemia for a year.
He can't say he's cancer free until he hits the 5-year mark, but he's enjoying life back on duty.
Sgt. Aron Thompson lives each day a little differently now.
"More of a, you don't live forever attitude," said Thompson.
This time last year, Thompson was diagnosed with cancer. Thompson is a police officer, but he's a husband and father first. He worried about how this would affect his 5-year-old son and baby girl.
"She [Thompson's daughter] was just one and a half," said Thompson. "Teddy, he didn't know exactly what was going on. He was aware something wasn't right with dad."
Thompson stayed strong for his family, but not without the help of others.
"I got letters from all over, not just from West Lafayette and Lafayette, or Tippecanoe area, from all over the country," said Thompson. "Colt's Coach Chuck Pagano reached out to me because he was going through a similar thing, almost five years prior but the same diagnosis."
In the video, Pagano said in part, "Hey, Aron, hey, it's coach. I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I'm thinking about you. I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers."
"The stickers, the blood drives, it was just amazing," said Thompson.
Thompson wants his supporters to know, he's not wasting their answered prayers and well-wishes. His family took a trip to Disney shortly after his last round of chemotherapy.
"We're going to Costa Rica next month and that actually is kind of a result of all of this because we went to a community Cancer Network fundraiser and it was part of a live auction and all of the proceeds go to that Network," said Thompson.
Thompson may have adopted a new found attitude because of cancer but he's also adopted a stronger sense of gratitude.
"We couldn't have done anything without the family, and the community and their support," said Thompson.
Thompson plans to pay it forward to anyone else in a similar situation.