Do­na­tions pour in for Mcclel­land Go Fund Me cam­paign

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE -

A ma­jor fund-rais­ing ef­fort is un­der­way to as­sist Swift Cur­rent Fire Chief Dar­ren Mcclel­land un­dergo can­cer treat­ments in Mex­ico.

An amaz­ing out­pour­ing of gen­eros­ity has oc­curred for Mcclel­land as he is un­der go­ing a 21-day long al­ter­na­tive treat­ment in Ti­juana, Mex­ico. As of mid­night on Mon­day, the cam­paign had raised $61,615 of an $80,000 goal.

Ear­lier this year Mcclel­land took over as Fire Chief for the City of Swift Cur­rent’s Fire De­part­ment, mov­ing up from his Deputy Fire Chief - Op­er­a­tions du­ties. He be­gan with the Fire De­part­ment as an aux­il­iary fire­fight­ers in 1995 be­fore tak­ing a full time po­si­tion with the de­part­ment in 1997.

The Gofundme page de­tails that Mcclel­land was di­ag­nosed with colon can­cer in Septem­ber 2016, and that can­cer had al­ready spread to his liver when he started treat­ment. Over the past two and a half years he has un­der­gone three surg­eries and two rounds of chemo­ther­apy. He has also adopted a series of nat­u­ral treat­ment reme­dies into his life­style while he bat­tles can­cer.

“Dar­ren was fi­nally at a great place in life ~ hop­ing to be can­cer-free, be­ing pro­moted to Fire Chief, and just re­turn­ing from a fun get­away with friends, when in Oc­to­ber 2018 he re­ceived dev­as­tat­ing news. The can­cer was back and had spread to other or­gans, and treat­ment op­tions were lim­ited,” the Gofundme page ex­plains. “Af­ter many heart-wrench­ing hours and days, Dar­ren and Ni­cole have de­cided to im­me­di­ately pur­sue al­ter­na­tive treat­ment op­tions in Mex­ico. While in Mex­ico, Dar­ren will com­plete a 21day course of treat­ment. He and Ni­cole will stay for nearly a month, away from their girls (Ash­ley and Hay­ley), as well as all of their fam­ily and friends. It is un­known at this time how many cour­ses of treat­ment Dar­ren will need over the up­com­ing months and years.”

The fam­ily had pre­vi­ously re­fused to ac­cept fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from friends and fam­ily, but this fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive was launched as a re­sult of the ex­treme cir­cum­stances.

Do­na­tions can be made through their Gofundme page at https://www.­port-dar­ren039s­cancer-treat­ment

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