As many of you know, Officer Tom Faustin, has been battling stage 4 colorectal cancer since November 2015, after only serving one year with the police department. Tom first learned of his diagnosis when his wife, Erika, was 9 months pregnant with their second child. Five days after delivering their baby, Tom started chemotherapy at age 29. Ultimately, Tom was given the devastating news the cancer was terminal.

Tom has undergone various surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, and alternative treatments to slow the progression which were unfortunately either unsuccessful or made Tom extremely ill. During one treatment, Tom had a severe reaction to that less than 1% of people experience, resulting in heart problems. This reaction was not only painful, but placed Tom at greater risk of losing his life. These complications placed a tremendous amount of stress on Tom and his family. As a result, Tom could no longer continue the chemotherapy regiment.

In the last two years the cancer has metastasized (spread) to his lungs liver, abdomen, and lymphatic system.

This past November, after additional testing and scans, Oncologists told Tom his progression has worsened and based on the behavior of the disease and lack of response to chemotherapy, they have determined his life expectancy is 10-12 months.

If any of you know Tom, he hates the attention, is stubborn and too prideful to ask for help.

In 2016, the Aurora PD family came together with various fundraising efforts to help offset the financial costs of fighting this disease. Although it was hard for Tom to accept the outpouring of support, the funds raised by our department and outside community members were exhausted some time ago.

With the uncertainty that lies ahead for Tom’s medical needs, it will obviously lead to his wife having to incur the financial burden.

In the very near future, we are planning several fundraising efforts both on an internal level at the police department as well as requesting involvement from outside agencies and community members.

These events will include raffling of several items donated by businesses that support our law enforcement community all in an effort to support Tom and his family during this difficult time.

Keep your eyes open for all of the exciting fundraising events in the near future!!


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Cops Fighting Cancer Campaign for Officer Tom Faustin

by Cops Fighting Cancer


As many of you know, Officer Tom Faustin, has been battling stage 4 colorectal cancer since November 2015, after only serving one year with the police department. Tom first learned of his diagnosis when his wife, Erika, was 9 months pregnant with their second child. Five days after delivering their baby, Tom started chemotherapy at age 29. Ultimately, Tom was given the devastating news the cancer was terminal.

Tom has undergone various surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, and alternative treatments to slow the progression which were unfortunately either unsuccessful or made Tom extremely ill. During one treatment, Tom had a severe reaction to that less than 1% of people experience, resulting in heart problems. This reaction was not only painful, but placed Tom at greater risk of losing his life. These complications placed a tremendous amount of stress on Tom and his family. As a result, Tom could no longer continue the chemotherapy regiment.

In the last two years the cancer has metastasized (spread) to his lungs liver, abdomen, and lymphatic system.

This past November, after additional testing and scans, Oncologists told Tom his progression has worsened and based on the behavior of the disease and lack of response to chemotherapy, they have determined his life expectancy is 10-12 months.

If any of you know Tom, he hates the attention, is stubborn and too prideful to ask for help.

In 2016, the Aurora PD family came together with various fundraising efforts to help offset the financial costs of fighting this disease. Although it was hard for Tom to accept the outpouring of support, the funds raised by our department and outside community members were exhausted some time ago.

With the uncertainty that lies ahead for Tom’s medical needs, it will obviously lead to his wife having to incur the financial burden.

In the very near future, we are planning several fundraising efforts both on an internal level at the police department as well as requesting involvement from outside agencies and community members.

These events will include raffling of several items donated by businesses that support our law enforcement community all in an effort to support Tom and his family during this difficult time.

Keep your eyes open for all of the exciting fundraising events in the near future!!