Benefit concert next month for Wichita detective battling cancer

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita police are holding a benefit concert for a detective who is fighting cancer. 

The fundraiser for Det. Matt Young will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, at Abode, which is located at 1330 East Douglas. 

The Crossfire Band, a local band comprised of law enforcement, will perform, and Wichita Wagonmasters will grill hamburgers and hotdogs for purchase. There will also be a silent auction. 

A donation of $10 is recommended. All proceeds to go to Det. Young and his family. 


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Detective Matt Young with the Wichita Police Department has been in law enforcement for over 20 years. Now, he's in the fight of his life. 

"Cancer is not..it doesn't discriminate, unfortunately. It's a real bad diagnosis," says Lieutenant Jason Gill, who's helping the family. 

Lieutenant Gill is doing everything he can to help the family. 

"The blue helping the blue. It doesn't matter who he is or where he is. He's my brother," says Gill. 

Already, one fundraiser has brought in more than $11,000. 

"I put the post out at probably 1 o'clock and by 8 o'clock at night, I think, we had almost 6 grand sitting in the pay pal," says Gill. 

People have donated everything from food to gift cards, and even supplies for the family's broken fence. Gill happens to own a fencing company, and he knew he had to help. He rallied his team and soon after, other fencing companies joined in. 

"The entire fence is donated. Which is baffling. It's mind blowing," says Gill. 

The family is going to need a lot of financial and emotional support through this journey. 

The Sedgwick County Child Advocacy Center is hosting a lunch to support the family Friday, February 8th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to attend, email wright1575@gmail.com to reserve your lunch. The center is asking for $10 donations.