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Visit Fresno police food fundraiser for officer with sick 2-year-old son

2-year-old Elliot Shafer, the son of a Fresno Police Department employee, was born blind from a genetic condition and was later diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure. He is awaiting a kidney transplant. Wednesday, March 16 until 2 p.m. Fresno police are holding a fundraiser to help Elliot’s family with medical expenses.
2-year-old Elliot Shafer, the son of a Fresno Police Department employee, was born blind from a genetic condition and was later diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure. He is awaiting a kidney transplant. Wednesday, March 16 until 2 p.m. Fresno police are holding a fundraiser to help Elliot’s family with medical expenses.

Fresno police are hosting a breakfast/luncheon fundraiser Wednesday, March 16 inside the City Hall Annex building lobby to support one of their own.

The fundraiser running until 2 p.m. will cover the ongoing medical expenses for 2-year-old Elliot Shafer, the son of Matt Shafer, a member of the crime scene investigation bureau since 2008, Sgt. Joe Gomez said.

Elliot was born blind from a genetic condition and was later diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure, Gomez said. He is awaiting a kidney transplant.

He was admitted to Valley Children’s Hospital on Christmas Eve 2015 for breathing difficulties, Gomez said. Elliot was then flown to the Stanford University Medical Center in the Bay Area for more advanced treatment due to complications from an infection.

Elliot has since returned home after about 30 days in the hospital, but was later admitted again to Valley Children’s Hospital with a broken arm due to his bone density, Gomez said. Through all of his hospitalization, he has been all smiles.

Breakfast burritos, tri-tip sandwiches, Frito boats, baked goods and more will be served, Gomez said. The annex building is at 2326 Fresno St.

Paul Schlesinger: 559-441-6659, @PaulSch_Photog

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