The fundraiser held by Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, Vernon Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security and the Vernon Parish E-911 Communications Center to help dispatcher Victoria Ocasio was extremely successful, raising nearly $5000.

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.

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 wanted to help her with the cost of medical expenses.

Along with the monetary help, they also wanted 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.”

In a release VPSO Sheriff Sam Craft expressed his thanks to everyone who came and supported the fundraiser, and thanked everyone who volunteered. “We live in a great community and we are so proud to serve the citizens of Vernon Parish.”