LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A Los Angeles police officer and his wife have been diagnosed with stage four cancer, prompting an outpouring of support for them and their young children.
Laura Tomelloso was the first to be diagnosed with colon cancer. Just weeks later, her husband, Michael, an LAPD Central Valley Motor Officer who has been on the force for more than two decades, was diagnosed with throat cancer.
“Knowing that he’s been a family man for 25+ years, a Marine, a police officer, been married for 25+ years — and it’s not just one person, it’s two people — it’s lottery odds,” LAPD Officer Bryce Verna said in an interview .
Carrie Cellini, a family friend, said Laura started chemotherapy and “Mike held off but it got so bad he had to start.”
Friends and their church family have helped the couple cook and clean, and taken them to treatments and doctor’s appointments.
While the Tomellosos focus on the fight, the Los Angeles Police Department family steps in to help with the financial battle, setting up a Blue Ribbon Trust account to help with their care and their sons.
One of her sons, 10-year-old Matthew, has special needs and is home-schooled.
Anyone interested in making a donation to the Tomelloso family can find information about the family’s Blue Ribbon Fund here.