Community Coming Together To Help Special Education Teacher & Wife Of CMPD Officer

CHARLOTTE, NC. —  It’s not often you meet someone like Staci Vredeveld.  Some describe her as having a heart of gold. The wife of a CMPD Sergeant, the mother of a young woman with special needs who Staci adopted as a child, a caregiver to animals on their farm and a special education teacher in Cabarrus County Schools.

“I have eight little babies on there in elementary school trying to teach every day. That for the last few weeks has been what’s kind of kept me moving on and kept my mind off things because they’re an adventure every day,” says Vredeveld.

A doctor diagnosed Staci with osteosarcoma in July.  She learned her left leg would have to be amputated.  Her surgery is on August 31st. Staci worries she won’t be able to do simple things anymore.

“I’ve always been very independent, for me, it’s just so hard to know that I’m not going to be as independent for a while. I hope I can be strong enough to make it through and come out on the other side and be just as independent as I am now.”

Insurance won’t cover the prosthetic leg that Staci will need. Enter Anne Steppe. Steppe has known Staci for more than a decade. Their husbands are both CMPD Sergeants.  Steppe asked Staci’s husband how they could help.

“He said can you help set up a go fund me page? And I said ‘done,'” says Steppe.

The GoFundMe has raised more than $12,000 in one day.

“For this family to accept any type of help is a big thing for them because they’re usually the ones helping others.”

Staci says the support is incredible.

“Sending their thoughts and their prayers. It’s just, it makes it better, but it’s still, it’s hard to know what’s coming up,” says Staci.

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