Law enforcement community hosts fundraiser to support Phoenix officer

Officer Mark Denham and family. (submitted photo)

Officer Ben Denham and family. (submitted photo)

A community fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deer Valley Airport in the Phoenix Police Air Support Unit hangar to benefit Phoenix Police Officer and father of four, Ben Denham.

Officer Denham was diagnosed with two rare autoimmune diseases, Systemic Sclerosis and Polymyositis. Currently there is no cure for either disease, but there are treatments available to manage his symptoms.

Officer Denham has dedicated his life to public service and he has been a member of the Phoenix Police Department for 15 years, according to a press release. His desire is to get the treatment necessary to slow the progress of his diseases so that he can rehabilitate and return to work in order to finish the 20-year career goal of public service he started.

Due to Officer Denham’s diagnosis and ongoing medical treatments, he needs financial support to make it through the tough road ahead.

Officer Denham and son (submitted photo)

Officer Denham and son (submitted photo)

The treatments are expensive and his medical bills have exceeded $300,000 to date. Any funds raised from the event will be used towards Officer Denham’s continuing treatment and rehabilitation so that he can return to serving the community.

The event is open to the public and will feature a pulled pork cooking competition, a magic show and a live band, among other attractions.

To raise funds, lunch will be available for $5 a plate. In addition, there are raffle items, including Arizona Diamondbacks tickets, ASU tickets, Arizona Cardinals autographed sports memorabilia, stainless BBQ Grill, themed gift baskets, flat screen TV and much more. Vendors and food trucks will also be on site to support the cause.

“This is a cause that is near and dear to our heart and we support Officer Denham and his family,” said Keith Politte, Phoenix Police Sergeant, in the release. “Our job is to serve the community as well as fellow officers who are in need. We want Officer Denham to return to doing the job he loves.”

The fundraiser is a collaborative effort of community volunteers, local law enforcement and other first responders and is being organized by Sergeant Politte a Phoenix Police veteran who has coordinated multiple community fundraisers for law enforcement officers in need.

Deer Valley Airport is at 102 E. Deer Valley Dr. in Phoenix. Admission is free.

For those wanting to make a donation directly, a GoFundMe page has been set up for Officer Denham, or checks can be mailed to the Phoenix Police Foundation.

Officer Denham GoFundMe: http://facebook.us13.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=781e5cc49e9e5803f53a10785&id=26ecbd17ab&e=389e775c18

Letters can be mailed to: Phoenix Police Foundation c/o Sergeant Charmane Osborn, 620 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

All donations made to the Phoenix Police Foundation will be accepted in accordance with 501c3 #861014450.

For more information on the community event and fundraiser, visit the ‘Support Officer Denham’ Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SupportOfficerDenham

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