Campaign to raise funds for Halliday family
Community supporting Gunnison police chief with Stage 4 cancer
GUNNISON — A fundraising campaign has been established to help Gunnison City Police Chief Trent Halliday and his family handle the medical costs associated with his recently-discovered stage 4 cancer.
The Halliday family found out about their husband and father’s condition on Friday, Nov. 18, after he initially went in to check for a possible kidney stone.
Trent Halliday’s physician ordered a CT scan, which showed more than 40 nodules of potential cancer in Halliday’s body. A more in-depth scan was ordered, and they found more — including a very large lymph node.
Doctors told him they were nearly positive it was lymphoma. Results from a biopsy on his lymph node showed stage 4 metastatic melanoma, a type of cancer that can spread throughout the body through the lymph nodes and often affects the lung, brain, liver and bones.
On the crowdfunding page, Jacci Halliday wrote, “Shock is a pretty good word to describe how we feel. Trent is a very active husband and father of three. He is the Chief of Police in their town and a football coach at the local high school. He is one of the most genuine, kind, giving people you will ever know.”
Jacci Halliday said that, after receiving the test result, Trent Halliday told his family that “cancer doesn’t know who it’s messing with. It has no idea how stubborn I am. I refuse to lose!”
Refuse to Lose has become the motto for the fundraising efforts.
Both a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign and a benefit dinner and auction are being held.
The dinner and auction are being held at Gunnison Valley Elementary on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 (which includes 10 raffle tickets), and can be purchased online at http://www.facebook.com/trenthallidaybenefit.
Tickets are also available locally at Ace Hardware, Freedom Ford, Lazy D Pawn and Burns Saddlery in Salina.
Posts from the Halliday family on the fundraiser Facebook page say donations to raffle off have been pouring in, including a custom saddle valued at $3600 donated by Burns Saddlery. Raffle tickets for the saddle are $20 for one or $100 for six.
The GoFundMe campaign page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/refuse-to-lose.
Jacci Sharp Halliday initiated the Gofundme crowd funding campaign on Nov. 19. As of Monday, 108 people had already raised $9,460 out of an initial $10,000 goal.
On the Facebook fundraiser page, Halliday wrote, “We are very grateful for all the help and support we are getting. This is a huge job on short notice and without these people who are stepping up to help it wouldn’t be possible. The community support is tremendous, and we are blessed. Thank you all.”
Those wishing to donate can also contact Zack Jensen at 435-979-9241 or go to Lazy D Pawn.
It is unclear whether Chief Halliday’s condition will prevent him from continuing with his duties as police chief or if it will impact the inter-local policing agreement that Gunnison and Centerfield have been hammering out.
“I hesitate to guess how this will affect the inter-local agreement but we would like to move forward as soon as we can,” former police chief and Gunnison City Councilman Blane Jensen said.