Months after losing battle to cancer, Caldwell officer Chad Register's legacy lives on
MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) —
It's been nearly four months since the Caldwell Police Department lost one of their own to pancreatic cancer. Officer Chad Register lost his battle after searching all over the country for help.
Those who have pancreatic cancer rarely show any signs or symptoms. Once they do, the diagnosis is often very tough.
"He went from being this very strong, determined police officer, to lying in a hospital bed dying because it was just eating his body," his wife, Diana said.
She says the only way they noticed her husband was getting sick is when his fellow officers noticed he started turning jaundice.
"There is no good chemotherapy for it," Diana said. "There is nothing that stops it. It's a monster that invades your body and takes over. They don't know what to do, nobody knows what to do. We traveled the country and nobody had any better answers than the guy before him."
With little research being done on the cancer, Diana and her daughter Kaitlyn have been busy making ribbons and spreading awareness through Facebook. They also started a fund in Chad's name, hoping it will shed light on the deadly disease that took their hero.
"I just hope that they can focus on it and try find a better way to keep it under control," Kaitlyn said. "(To) get it figured out."
One of Chad's sons, who is currently in the U.S. Navy, hopes to one day join the Caldwell Police Department to carry on his father's badge number: 149.
November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and Nov. 17 is known as World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day. However, for the cities of Nampa and Caldwell, Nov. 17 will be declared Chad Register Day.
Diana says they have also sent a request to Gov. Otter's office hoping to get the whole state to be declared Chad Register Day.