A Thomasville police officer, who was hospitalized again Thursday, is overwhelmed by support his co-workers are providing during a time of need.
Officer Matthew Griffin was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2002.
“I’ve been out of work since Jan. 26,” Griffin said. In recent years he has lost a number of other work days to illness.
He had to be in Atlanta two days a month for treatment and now must inject a drug into his stomach every two weeks. The drug suppresses Griffin’s immune system to prevent it from attacking healthy blood cells.
Griffin, who was transported to an Atlanta hospital Thursday, has used all his vacation and leave time.
Some fellow city employees are donating their vacation time to Griffin. He can receive only 10 days of donated time.
“Matt has been a great asset to the police department and this community,” said Lt. Wade Glover, commander of the Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.
Griffin, 30, and his wife, Shawna, have a three-year-old son.
To help defray medical expenses and the cost of travel to Atlanta for treatment, an event to benefit Matthews is set for Thursday, April 17, at Connection Church on Smith Avenue, opposite Granddaddy’s.
The event, a dinner, is from 4 to 7 p.m. Meals will be take-out only.
The menu will consists of half a barbecued chicken, green beans, corn on the cobb, bread and pound cake. The cost is $8.
Glover said that in order to know how much food to prepare, tickets sales should end April 1. Tickets will be delivered by calling 227-3249 or 227-3302.
Tickets also may be purchased at the Jail-Justice Center, 921 Smith Ave.
Donations for Griffin may be made at Rose City Federal Credit Union on South Hansell or Liberty streets.
On Wednesday, Griffin said, “It’s kind of overwhelming the support everyone has shown. ... It’s a great feeling.”
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.