Asst. Police Chief inspires peers, rides for cancer - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Asst. Police Chief inspires peers, rides for cancer

Sulphur Assistant Police Chief Billy Craddock's prostate cancer diagnosis changed his perspective and inspired his peers to take action.     

"You never know what that feels like until somebody looks you in the eye and tells you that you have cancer," said Craddock.

An active and healthy man, Craddock was shocked by the news.

"I remember the doctor's words well when he told me you had less than one percent chance of actually having prostate cancer and you managed to thread the needle," recalled Craddock.

"I wasn't going to let cancer affect my life anymore than it already had," said Craddock.

After doctors removed his prostate, Craddock did not waste a minute sitting down.

"Did that 5k race 3 weeks out of surgery and I think it was 95 days out of surgery before I did my first duathalon," said Craddock.

The diagnosis sparked Craddock to keep pushing forward with exercise and encourage his peers at the Sulphur Police Department to stay on top of their health. He said the doctor's office was filled with his peers getting physicals after they heard of his diagnosis.

Eddie LeBlanc has been friends with Craddock for over 20 years.

"Pretty devastating. I had just finished losing my dad to cancer," said LeBlanc.

Through a unique fundraiser called 24 Hours of Booty, Craddock honored LeBlanc's father along with others who lost the battle against cancer.

"You can't step into a room and say ok raise your hand if you've never really had any part of your life affected by cancer. Somebody, everybody's going to be affected somehow," said Craddock.

This year will be his second go-round on the 24 hour long ride in Atlanta for cancer treatment. He is already in fifth place in individual fundraising totals with almost $3 thousand to the cause. The race takes place at different times of the year in Georgia, North Carolina and in Maryland. 50 percent of the proceeds raised go to Lance Armstrong's organization LiveStrong. The Atlanta event Craddock will ride in is October 1st and 2nd.

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