The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office (VPSO) is planning a special event to come to the aid of one of their own.
VPSO will be selling plate lunches on Thursday July 26 to benefit 911 dispatcher Victoria Ocasio.
Ocasio, 27, is a Leesville resident and has served as a dispatcher for the past seven years.
She recently discovered and is battling a rare stage four sarcoma.
A sarcoma is a form of cancer that occurs when cells transform into tumors.
Sarcoma is something Ocasio is all too familiar with – it is the same disease that took her mother's life when she was young.
Ocasio has already begun treatments.
Her friends and colleagues want to help her with the cost of medical expenses. Along with the monetary help, they want to show her show that they support her, emotionally, through this difficult time.
“We treat all of our employees like their our own family,” 911 and Homeland Security Director Kenneth Moore said. He pointed out that cancer takes a physical toll as well as a financial one.
“Cancer is a prolonged event and a lengthy battle,” he said. “The bills keep coming, sometimes people that haven’t gone through it don’t know realize that this is a substantial financial strain.”
The plate lunches will include a chopped beef sandwich, potato salad and a dessert for $8.
The plates will be available for pickup from 10:30 a.m. until noon on July 26, but orders can be made in advance.
For those who cannot pick up their plate lunches during the aforementioned time, deliveries can be made to homes and businesses within a reasonable distance.
“We appreciate everyone’s help in making this possible,” Moore said. “We want it to be a success. It takes everyone pitching in working together to make that happen.”
To place an order, call 337-238-7220.