The Courtland community is coming together to help a firefighter with a rare disease.

A Go Fund Me page has been started for Brandon Matter, a Courtland firefighter. He was recently diagnosed with POEMS syndrome.

POEMS is a rare bone marrow disorder in which increased plasma cell production can damage other parts of the body.

The site says it started with numbness and tingling and then a dark spot on his spine.

The page says he will move to St. Mary’s in Rochester for physical therapy.

He will stay there until his medical team feels it is safe enough for him to function in his home environment.

The family will use any funds raised to make mobility modifications to their 100-year-old farmhouse, pay medical bills, and to help with income loss.