Friday, August 27, 2010

Cops for Kids with Cancer

Evening excursion: MGHfC patients and their siblings with BPD officers

During what's become a summertime tradition, several pediatric cancer patients, along with their siblings and parents enjoyed an evening filled with exciting activities designed to give them a break from the stresses of cancer treatment. The Aug. 12 excursion was made possible by Cops for Kids with Cancer (CFKWC), a local nonprofit organization comprising members and friends of law enforcement dedicated to supporting children with cancer.

Several Boston Police Department (BPD) officers met the pediatric cancer patients and their families outside the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, where the children had their photos taken with the officers. The group was then escorted by a police entourage to Boston Harbor, where Bob Faherty, chairman of CFKWC and retired BPD superintendent-in-chief, presented MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) with a check for $10,000 to support the Center for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. In his remarks, Faherty offered heartfelt encouragement and support to the children and their parents.

The children then were able to pet and feed several horses that Faherty had arranged to greet the young patients. The group topped off the evening with a harbor cruise aboard a BPD patrol boat, which the children had the opportunity to drive with the captain. At dusk, the boat stopped at Old Ironsides so the families could watch the nightly discharge of the cannon.

"The crew from Cops for Kids with Cancer couldn't have been nicer to the kids and their families," says Elyse D. Levin-Russman, LICSW, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology clinical social worker. "Over the course of the evening, some new best friends were made among MGHfC patients."

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