DPD rallies for detective battling rare form of cancer

- From shootouts with crooks to rescuing babies from crime scenes,  Detective Danielle Harrison has experienced plenty as a Detroit cop.

"Me and my partner were driving down the street and saw a guy pistol whipping another guy at a Shell gas station," Harrison says. "Jumped out of the car, chased him, he started shooting. We shot back."

But 13 years policing in America's toughest city could not prepare Danielle when a doctor told her she had breast cancer.

"No words can explain the feeling," she says. "It was like, lost, numbness, because the first thing you think of with cancer, you think you're dying."

Danielle was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, a rare form of cancer. Her doctor said it was a miracle she found it when she did.

"She said only 10 percent of the US get it and that women (who) get it, don't find it until they're terminal," Danielle says.

Now, Danielle will go under the knife for a double mastectomy Friday - just 22 days after being diagnosed.

"As it starts to approach, it's getting closer I am nervous," she says. "But I have my family, I have my friends and DPD has been supportive."

And - inspired by her grit. She will continue to work until she goes in for the procedure.

"She said, 'Rodney, I'm fine. I still got cases. I have people that are looking for me to contact them,'" says Lt. Rodney Sizemore of Danielle. "For someone to be going through this bout with cancer to still have that compassion and to be focused on citizens and not want to let them down and not turn over their cases, it was like, wow."

"If I sit up here and cry every day and just waddle in it, it's going to take over me," she says. "So, I have to keep a positive attitude, because it affects them just as well. I'm not just going through this, my friends are going through it, my family, my children, especially my children."

You can send donations to the Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association, 28 W Adams Ave # 700, Detroit, 48226 or call at (313) 961-5699.

There will be fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Gaelic League of Detroit, 2068 Michigan Avenue, Detroit. Tickets are $10. For ticket sales, contact Lt. Rodney Sizemore (313) 477-2274.

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