Supporting one of their own who is battling cancer

Kelley Spanske, is battling cancer. Her fellow members are holding a fundraiser Friday evening at Hideaway Lanes.

ALMONT — When it comes to emergency services, members take care of their own. Whether it is a police officer, EMS worker or a fire department member. They all stick together like glue, especially in a time of need.

Members of the Almont Fire Department are doing just that, after learning one of their members is in the fight of her life.

Almont FD Captain Jeff Ludwig is among those helping to organize a fundraiser event this weekend for one of the fire department’s Medical First Responders.

Following a visit to her doctor, Kelly Spanske learned she has cancer and is in a fight for her life.

The single mom of two children, Kelly recently had a nine-hour surgery and is off work at least for six months.

Ludwig said once members of the department knew of the situation, they immediately wanted to reach out to her and do everything they can to help her in this time of need.

“Recently we have found out one of our medical first responders (MFR’s) has cancer. She is in a struggle for her life right now. She recently had surgery and she will be out of work for at least six months. She is a single mom with two children that are both active in the United States Navy at this time.”

Ludwig went on to say, “She’s been with the fire department ever since the medical first responding program started, in June 2010. She has selflessly donated her time to help others in their time of need.”

Ludwig said the department will be having a fundraiser for Spanske at the Hideaway Lanes in Almont on May 19, beginning at 7 p.m.

During the event, guests can take part in bowling and a euchre tournament along with a chance at winning prizes from various raffles.