Wyoming officer needs support

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To the Editor:

One of Wyoming's police officers is under attack and needs your help.

Officer Jason Carder, Buffalo Police Department's D.A.R.E. officer, is fighting leukemia. Jason, who seemed in picture perfect health, was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) in August 2002. Since then, he has been undergoing treatment at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, Mont.

Jason was raised in Harden, Mont., and attended the University of Wyoming where he played football.

He met his wife, Brandi Slevin, while at U.W. Brandi grew up in the small town of Baggs, Wyo.

In 1995, Brandi and Jason moved to Buffalo. Four years ago, after working for the Sheriff's Department, Jason made his dream of becoming a cop a reality when he got hired by the Buffalo Police Department. He was thrilled when he was given the opportunity to work with children in the D.A.R.E. program.

Jason and Brandi have three children of their own, Candace, 8, Audryanna, 5, and Austyn, who is 19 months.

Jason has answered the Buffalo community's calls for help many times. This community has shown a tremendous amount of gratitude for that by helping out in many ways, but now he needs even more help.

Jason is set to undergo a bone marrow transplant in Seattle, Wash. They have found three probable donors who have matched his bone marrow type but due to rising medical costs and an insurance cap, he is $40,000 shy of the amount needed to have the procedure done.

Without the transplant, Jason's outcome may not be good.

The couple has had to take time off from work to deal with Jason's failing health. Because of this, they are financially strapped.

Jason and his young family would greatly appreciate any help you may be able to give at this time.

A fund has been established, to help with the medical costs, at First Interstate Bank, P.O. Box 430, Buffalo, WY. 82834.

If you need more information you may call the Buffalo Police Department at (307) 684-5581.

Please keep Jason in your prayers!!

Jenny Palm,

Laramie, Wyo

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