Community Pulls Together To Help Gouverneur Medic

Community Pulls Together To Help Gouverneur Medic

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"I'm a medic in the back of an ambulance. So, I think in my head I thought I was always kind of invincible to this stuff. It turns out I'm not."

Three weeks ago, Shawn Woods woke up in the back of an ambulance. But this time, he was the one in need of care.

Shawn says he had a severe seizure and woke up at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse.

Doctors later told him they discovered a brain tumor.

As a member of the Gouverneur Rescue Squad, Shawn has spent the last five years helping others' emergencies.

"It's just the way it is - helping the really sick people is what we all do this for. But, we're there to help whoever needs help with anything," he said.

For now, Shawn is off duty as he gets ready for what lies ahead.

While Shawn is away, the rescue staff is doing what they can to cover his shifts with the hope that he'll soon return.

"A lot of us are putting in the extra hours to be here and make sure he doesn't have to worry about the health of this agency while he's worrying about his own health. We want him to worry about his health primarily," said Melissa Brook, assistant director of the rescue squad. 

Not only does Shawn have support from work, but his family members have his back as well.

A GoFundMe page was set up by his brother and sister-in-law to cover medical expenses going forward.

Already, the page is up to about $1,500 and keeps growing.

Shawn is scheduled to have surgery Friday morning and despite the news, he's keeping a positive attitude.

"I just want to prove to everybody that I'm tougher than this disease. That's my goal," he said.

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