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Atascadero community rallies behind veteran battling brain cancer

Posted at 5:20 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 22:01:29-04

The Atascadero community is asking for help in the fight against a local veteran’s brain cancer.

Colonel Bill Hatch served as an Army Ranger during Desert Storm as well as Chief of Army Aviation in South Korea.

He has also served the Central Coast community as the founder of the Atascadero Veterans Memorial and former board member of the local American Red Cross.

Now he’s in the middle of a fight he’s never experienced before and mounting medical bills are starting to take a toll on the family.

“Our community is a very giving community. Colonel Hatch has been part of that as a past president of Kiwanis and as past president of the Veterans Memorial Association,” said Tom O’Malley, Atascadero Kiwanis. “We want to support those who have served our community and our nation and colonel hatch is just someone we really love and care about, and his whole family we want to support them at this time.”

The Kiwanis Club hosted a barbeque fundraiser for Hatch and his family on Friday afternoon.

For those who were unable to make it but would still like to help out, a GoFundMe page has been set up in support of the Hatch family.