Leukemia Patient Shares of Abundant Life in the Face of Death in New Short Film
I am Second Releases Powerful Posthumous Story
EVANSVILLE, Ind., April 14, 2014 – A powerful short film featuring Evansville Police Detective Nathan Shroer, who lost a nine-year battle with leukemia in November 2013, released today on iamsecond.com, a website featuring stories of hope and transformation. In the film, Schroer, who taped with I am Second in September 2013, shares about living an abundant life while facing death.
At 22 years old, Shroer applied to join the police force. Through a series of required tests, a doctor noticed Shroer’s white blood count was low but deemed it okay and approved him for the job.
After his first year, Shroer realized his language had turned foul and he was “no longer the man he once was.” He turned to God only to be awoken with a powerful message: “Nathan, you have cancer. It’s ok.” Shroer ignored the words, but it was not long after he experienced unexplained bruising and extreme fatigue. In January 2004, an oncologist diagnosed him with acute myelogenous leukemia.
After three full rounds of chemo, Shroer went into remission but was soon told he was in need of a stem-cell transplant. With no known siblings, Shroer was entered into the World Bank only to be told there was no match. It was then his mother spoke up and revealed Shroer had a younger brother who had been given up for adoption years before. On Father’s Day 2004, Shroer’s brother was found and the transplant occurred, giving Shroer regenerated bone marrow and causing his immune system to be restored.
Because of his extensive treatment, Shroer was told by doctors he and his wife would never have children, but they were soon put in the path of a young girl who was looking for a family for her newborn son. In just over 24 hours, the boy became the Shroer’s son. One year later, they welcomed a biological girl followed by another in the following year.
Shroer stayed in remission for several years until a relapse on Feb. 14, 2013. He remained in the hospital through May of that year at which time he was told to go in hospice and get comfortable.
At home, sitting in the dark, it was during another honest conversation with God that Shroer told God he was ready to die.
“I’m ready for you to do this,” Shroer told God. “Use my death in an incredible way. I don’t like it but it’s going to be ok.”
During his three bouts with leukemia, Schroer tirelessly gave to his family and community. He served sexual abuse victims through Evansville’s Holly’s House, trained police offices in Moldova and Kenya, and ministered as both a department chaplain and youth leader.
When asked how to describe his life, Shroer said, “Abundant.”
I am Second was created in 2008 and first launched in Dallas, Texas. After an overwhelming response, I am Second expanded its grassroots efforts to additional markets. Evansville became the third official launch city in January 2011 with the release of the iamsecond.com short film featuring Moore. Since this time, I am Second Evansville has continued to grow in influence and size.
I am Second features film stories of a variety of musicians, athletes, actors and everyday people on iamsecond.com. To date, the website has received more than 17 million visits from 196 countries. The I am Second films, which address an array of personal struggles, including abuse, addictions, pride, eating disorders, broken families and the search for success and meaning in life, have received a total of more than 32 million views. For more information, visit http://www.iamsecond.com.
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