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Officer that helped marathon runner diagnosed with cancer

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The family of a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officer is asking for your help.

The picture of Sgt. John Cain went viral when he stepped in to help a fallen runner cross the finish line at this year’s Rock n’ Roll Marathon in Savannah.

According to Cain's daughter, he was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a violent and possibly deadly disease. Right before Christmas, he and his family got the word.

His family and friends have set up a GoFundMe account as well as a Facebook page where people can go and show their support.

Sgt. Cain says he is determined to win this fight and will pull inspiration from that moment he helped that runner cross the finish line.

"That drive that he had is the same drive that I have now, and my heroes are my family that are helping me to stay in the fight, to finish this race and continue this and not give up,” said Sgt. Cain. "I can feel myself getting weaker and weaker every day. As I get closer to that finish line, I know that there will be people that come and pick me up and help me cross that finish line. I will be the winner when it comes down to it."

"His face being sent worldwide was great, but he is a hero every day. That is what he does, every day,” said Shania Cain, daughter. "The fact that he is here gives me the motivation to keep going. As long as he is here, I have motivation to go where I want to go."

Click here to visit the GoFundMe page for Sgt. Cain or here to visit the Facebook page set up to show support.

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