RENEE LONGFORD isn't letting an aggressive form of cancer plaguing her body defeat her.
The Bowral police sergeant, who has been off work since September last year, dropped in on some of her colleagues last week to thank them and the community for all the money raised to help her family.
A fundraising dinner at Mittagong RSL last November along with a host of smaller events and donations raised $47,255.
The family lives in Picton and a fundraising bowls day, where everyone was asked to don Ms Longford's favourite colour yellow, was another success last December.
Ms Longford's partner Peter Cotton, also a police officer , has retuned to work at Camden. The couple have five children between them.
They couple has three children, including a one-year-old, and Mr Cotton has two children from a previous relationship.
The 33-year-old has been an officer for 13 years and served at Liverpool and Cabramatta before moving to Bowral as a sergeant in October, 2008.
Ms Longford used the visit to publicly thank the Highlands community.
"Thanks to the business community for their donations and all my colleagues who have been fantastic," she said.
"Thanks to Graeme Day for hosting the night and Tony Fountain for running the auction."
Ms Longford has undergone six rounds of chemotherapy and she said the cancer around her hips and spine has stopped growing.
She said she was considering using an experimental kidney transplant drug that could help.
While she would never walk the beat again she was focused on getting back to work.
"I'd love to get back to work," she said.
Bowral colleague Jill Linford said the station had been overwhelmed by the support the community had shown.
"It's really, really nice," she said.
Sergent Darren Farr, one of the longest serving officers at Bowral, said he didn't realise how much support was out in the community for the police.
A BANK account has been opened with the BDCU to help Renee Longford and her family:
BSB: 802 101. ACCOUNT: 352 583. A/c NAME: Renee Longford Appeal.