CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - He's fighting a fight he and his family never expected.
Jeffrey McGill has been a Charlotte firefighter for 16 years and he's locked in a battle with cancer.
He's a father, a husband and a hero, but lately he's been fighting a battle for his own life.
"They have such strong faith and they're so optimistic, you know, in the midst of all this," said Lisa Sexton, Executive Director of All Things Possible.
McGill has been with the Charlotte Fire Department for 16 years but hasn't been able to work lately. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer and has been going through treatment.
"He's had chemotherapy, they've done surgery, they went in to do surgery to remove the tumor after they had shrunk it and found that there were 10 more behind it," Sexton explained.
But his story inspired Sexton to step in and help.
"He's been getting weaker, he's been losing weight, I mean he was a fireman. An active fireman. A big strong guy for a long time, and now life is different. And he's not working, of course, and his wife had to quit her job as well to be a caregiver for him," Sexton said.
She is the executive director of All Things Possible, a non-profit organization focused on help families in medical crisis. The McGills are looking at about $100,000 in medical bills - and they're piling up with each treatment.
"I think that people generally want to help they just don't know about it. So once we let them know that there's a need that exists...people want to help," Sexton said.
She is raising awareness and raising money for the family - by putting donation jars in as many businesses as possible.
"We've had some very successful fundraisers for other people that have been blessed by what we're doing," Sexton said.
Sexton spoke to McGill to tell him what the organization was doing to help, and she said what he told her will stick with her forever.
"'If Jesus can get help from somebody else, I can sure get help from somebody else.' And that just touched me so much. It was remarkable because I thought...you're right," Sexton said.
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