Manlius Police Sergeant Ken Hatter is cancer free and on Thursday, those who have been a part of his journey held a blood drive in his honor.
Captain Jeffrey Slater donated blood, and that particular donation meant a little more than it normally would. “His strength gave us strength,” he said.
His good friend and fellow police officer, Sgt. Ken Hatter is celebrating something so many in our community have been waiting to hear. “It’s amazing, you know, seeing what he’s gone through,” said Capt. Slater.
Sgt. Hatter is cancer free. You’ve seen right here on NewsChannel 9, parts of his 12-year battle with cancer. Now that chapter may finally be coming to a close.
“I feel like this is the final push,” Ken told NewsChannel 9 in December. “I just gotta get through this rough patch and then in six months I’ll be back and better than before.” Now he’s using his story to help pay it forward for others.
The blood drive on Thursday was held in his honor. His wife, Lisa, was one of the first to roll up their sleeves, showing her support for her husband while thanking the community.
“He’s still got a long journey,” Lisa said in December. “It’s hard not being able to do what you’ve always done.”
“He’s been true to himself, he’s been true to his faith, he’s been as good a father, a husband, everything he can be,” said Capt. Slater. “That’s really admirable, and I think his own strength is what helped get him through this.”
The Hatter family tells us Ken is not out of the woods just yet. Even though he is cancer free, he still has a long road ahead as he recovers from his bone marrow transplant.
Lisa told us how grateful the family is for all the support they’ve recieved throughout this journey. “We are so thankful for the community support. It will be a long road of him learning to live with his new immune system, but this is one less battle to fight,” Lisa said.
To learn more about Hatter’s battle, and victory, click here.