On a typical day, Michael “Mickey” Shreeve, 53, can be found hard at work at his Killeen business, Mickey’s Collision Center. But on Saturday, he was the center of attention and honorable guest at the Harker Heights VFW, where friends and relatives gathered to raise funds for his cancer treatment.

In October, Shreeve received the surprise of his life when he learned he had stage 2 colon cancer.

“I’ve never had a problem before in my life, never been in a hospital, but you just take the good with the bad,” he said.

The news also shocked his family, especially his wife, Martha.

“I was terrified because he didn’t tell me anything about it until we went to the doctor for his symptoms,” she said.

Shreeve, who completed his first round of chemotherapy and is set to undergo another, is optimistic about recovering.

“We just went into surgery a month ago and got it all cut out, so right now we are in remission,” he said. “It’s just something you have to deal with the rest of your life, because it could pop up in 10 or five years.”

The ongoing hospital visits and treatment have placed a huge financial toll on the Shreeve family, said Kimberly Randall, Shreeve’s niece. The bills have accumulated to more than $100,000, and that’s why they organized a fundraiser.

“We brought the idea to Mickey and Martha, and we got the family together to put a benefit together to see how much we can raise,” Randall said. “Cancer just sneaks up on anybody, it’s a hard battle and we are going to do the best we can.”

Dozens of community members and family showed up Saturday to show their support and enjoy a hot meal and entertainment. Stephanie Abbott, a family member, has been a breast cancer survivor for four years. She advised Shreeve to maintain a positive attitude during his battle.

“He has been very selfless through all this, and if anybody can beat this he can,” she said. “He’s just a wonderful person that will give the shirt off his back.”

Donations can be made to a special account set up for Shreeve at First Texas Bank.

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