CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - One of Bradley Counties finest is in desperate need of public help.
Deputy Brian McAmis is a 16-year veteran of the the Bradley County Sheriff's Office who is battling a rare form of cancer called Von Hippel-Lindau or VHL.
Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome is an inherited disorder characterized by the formation of tumors and fluid-filled sacs (cysts) in many different parts of the body. Tumors may be either noncancerous or cancerous and most frequently appear during young adulthood; however, the signs and symptoms of von Hippel-Lindau syndrome can occur throughout life.
As a result of VHL, the single father of three has lost an eye and both his kidneys.
"Nobody who is 44-years old should have to go through all this," said McAmis after dialysis.
Having both his kidneys removed has made McAmis cancer-free but he's not eligible for a kidney transplant surgery until he has been cancer-free for two years.
If the situation was not bad enough, medical bills are quickly adding up and he's already used payed vacation and sick time due to his illness.
"I drew my last paycheck on Friday. Now I'm on short term disability through the sheriff's office. I hope to be back to work by February. Hope to be. But we'll see how it goes. This is rougher than I intended it to be," McAmis said.
Employees within the Bradley County Sheriff's Office have set up an account for Brian McAmis at the Bank of Cleveland. They are desperately asking the public to give what it can to help.
If anyone has any question or concerns about donations, they are advised to contact Ron Dunn of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office at 423-595-6769. They can also contact Larry Hill at Larry Hill Ford.