Tuolumne County Community Rallies Behind Jail Corporal Battling Cancer

SONORA -- People shaved their heads Sunday afternoon at a fundraiser held for a Tuolumne County jail corporal who is battling cancer.

The “Buzz Off” was organized by Keith and Shanda Schertz for their son, Shane, who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"We cried but then we said, 'We're not going to let this get us. We're going to fight,'" Shanda Schertz said. "We're going to be positive. We're going to win. He's going to beat cancer like so many other people have."

Shane Schertz is a married father of two and has been working at the county jail for the last nine years. It's a job he loves but can't do for at least six months while he focuses on his battle with cancer.

His parents say cancer not only takes a physical and emotional toll but also a financial one.

"They have two small children. So, life doesn’t stop. The bills keep rolling in," Shanda Schertz said.

The community and Shane Schertz's work family at the sheriff's office turned out in full force, with people lined up out the door waiting to get their buzz cuts and pitch in.

Shane Schertz's friend, Jared Richards, wanted to join in because he survived his own battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a teen.

"When I was losing my hair, my dad and my grandfather both, we did this together and my brother did too. So, it's pretty cool," Richards said.

The sound of clippers was constant as person after person shaved their heads.

“It just shows him that we're supporting him personally, not just financially. It shows him that we're here for him and whatever he needs,” Richards expressed.

Many people also bought matching shirts to help raise money and show their support.

The Schertzes say the whole family was grateful for the support.

“Tuolumne County is an amazing place," Shanda Schertz said. "Friends, family, neighbors, this is what they do for each other. When there's a need, they jump in, they don’t hesitate."

If you would like to support the Schertz family, they've set up a fund through the Zelle-Pay app. Once you register, you can donate by entering the email schertzfund@gmail.com.

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