A friend of mine brought this story to my attention.
He said that Officer Brett Byler is a friend of his and he’s torn up about what’s happening to him.
Yes, Mr. Byler is currently fighting brain cancer and that’s horrific enough right? Apparently not, because the hospital he’s being treated at just made matters a thousand times worse for officer Byler, his friends, and his young family.
Byler’s friends wanted to do something to help the young father as he battles this traumatic disease. It’s costly to suffer such massive medial trauma while trying to raise a young family, so they decided to start a Gofundme and print up some positive fundraising t-shirts.
Friends and family were wearing the shirts when they visited officer Byler in the hospital, and it caught the attention of a patient and a hospital worker, who both decided the shirt was “anti-Black Lives Matter” (because of the “police theme), and thus they deemed it “racist.”
The nasty “offended” duo then went to hospital officials and complained. In the end, Diane Hansen the CEO of Palomar Health banned the shirt from the hospital grounds.
This is unacceptable on every level imaginable. The office and his friends and family are appalled and mortified. Now, they’re all deemed “racists,” because two blithering idiots were “offended.”
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This garbage has to stop…and it will stop the moment we start speaking up.
So, here’s what I need you to do…Call Palomar Hospital and politely voice your support for Officer Byler, today.
The number is: (442) 281-5000
Here's a fundraising T-shirt for an officer fighting brain cancer.
Hospital officials at Palomar Hospital say the shirt is "anti-Black Lives Matter," & racist and BANNED it from hospital grounds.
Please call Diane Hansen & voice support for officer Byler
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— Amy (@MaybeAmes) July 11, 2020
A fundraising t-shirt made for an Escondido Police officer fighting brain cancer was banned from Palomar Hospital after someone deemed it racist.
Escondido Police Officer Brett Byler, 31, seemed to have it all: a beautiful family and his dream job. But in February, his life turned upside down.
“He went for a bike ride, and he collapsed,” Officer Byler’s father, Jim Byler said. “He went to the emergency room, and four days later, he was having brain surgery.”
The young father of three was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Byler said the news was devastating, but the community immediately showed their support. Within days, a friend and employee at Palomar Hospital, where Officer Byler was doing rehab, asked if they could make a fundraiser t-shirt for Byler.
The friend designed an original logo with the family’s silhouette in front of an American flag with red white and blue stripes, each color representing fire, medical personnel, and police.
Byler said it was a big hit. Along with the Gofundme, it raised a lot of money, and hospital staff wore the T-shirt for months.
“Everything was good, and then we found out that the shirt was being characterized as something that it was clearly never intended to be,” Byler said.
According to Palomar Hospital, a patient and staff member recently reported that the shirt was racist and that they were offended by it. The blue line in a similarly designed shirt has caused national controversy in recent months, where some have interpreted it as “Anti-Black Lives Matter.” So the hospital asked staff wearing the shirt on-duty, to take it off immediately. The Bylers said they were appalled.
The silent majority can no longer sit back and be silent.
There is power in numbers — and we have the numbers and the power – it’s time to start using it.
Please, call the hospital and let them know you stand with officer Byler.
Here’s the Gofundme for Officer Byler.
This piece was written by Missy Crane on July 11, 2020. It originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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