Seattle Police Officer Saved by the People He Served for a Quarter Century

For 26 years, police officer Dave Clement, put his life on the line every day for the people of Seattle. He often worked with the poorest of the poor, helping to give them a hand up and out of poverty. He even built homes in hurricane-ravaged Honduras.

Little did he know that one day, the citizens of Seattle and his fellow officers would help save his life.

Clement, a police detective, was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP).

CIDP is a progressive neurological disorder that affects mainly the arms and legs and gradually robs people of their mobility, as well as the ability to care for themselves. Clement is one of those people. But Clement’s neurologist wasn’t going to let him go down without a fight.

Through careful research, he determined that his patient was a good candidate for a stem cell transplant; but in order to make it happen, Clement had to raise $125,000 to cover the costs of transportation and lodging for a three-month period.

His fellow cops and the citizens of Seattle got busy, going above and beyond the call of duty—they raised $180,000 through a GoFundMe account.

Post-transplant, on December 2, 2016, Clement let his friends and family know that he was in the clear. The transplant worked! He is now in remission and is enormously grateful to everyone who came to his aid.

This is truly an inspiring story—just in time for the holidays!


Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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