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Family, friends rally behind East Texas police officer battling leukemia

Amanda Solis and her K9, Diva Amanda Solis and her K9, Diva

An officer with the Daingerfield Police Department is battling cancer, but her friends and family have taken up the fight alongside her to raise money and show their solidarity.

Officer Amanda Laake Solis was diagnosed with two forms of Leukemia last Friday. Solis, who graduated from the Northeast Texas Police Academy, worked with the Titus County Sheriff's Department before becoming a K9 officer in Daingerfield. Solis patrols Daingerfield with her 7-year-old Belgium Malinois, Diva.

"She is my sister, but she's so much more. She's my best friend," said Susan Laake, Solis' sister, who is herself a sergeant at the Lone Star Police Department. "When it gets rough, we are each other's backup."

Solis' support group, Team Amanda, are also planning a benefit dinner and silent auction to raise money for expenses. The benefit will be held Saturday, September 21 at the Daingerfield Fire Department at 5 p.m. An account has also been set up at the Northeast Texas Credit Union in Solis' name for donations. 

"Most of all, we are just asking for prayers," said Laake.

You can like Team Amanda's Facebook page for the latest updates and information on her fight with leukemia.

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