For a former Cherokee County law enforcement official, he nearly gave his life for the job, until he developed cancer. After a short time in remission, he's hoping with a new chemotherapy pill ready to be approved, will help the fight.
"One of the highlights of my life was working undercover, and going in as a long haired, beard guy, people don't know who you are and infiltrating groups like that." Roger Wormington, a leukemia survivor says.
WOrmington has been battling leukemia for the past 7 years. He was in remission before, but the cancer returned.
"Seven years ago I was diagnosed with leukemia. Leukemia was they said stage 4. Went through 6 months of treatment at Freeman hospital and MD Anderson in Houston. After the 6 years I was it in remission. I hadn't been in remission real long, until just recently. January of this year. " he says.
Today the Baxter Springs community came together to help him off-set some of his medical expenses. He says his faith and the community help him move forward.
"I just want people to understand that there is a way out there if they will trust and try." Wormington says, calmly.
Doctors suggested the drug Ibrutinib, a new chemotherapy pill used to fight chronic Lymphocytic leukemia.
"There's a study group of 50 people throughout the united states that have been selected and due to the type and nature of cancer I have been selected as one of the folks to undergo that."
Although the drug and additional treatment is expensive, thanks to insurance and community donations from benefit events, like this one in Baxter Springs, and his faith in god all help him through hard time.
If you'd like to assist in Wormington's donations can be dropped off at American Bank in Baxter Springs.