MEDIA AVAILABILTY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Boston Police Department and Cops for Kids with Cancer Bring Children from Pediatric Oncology Units for a Boat Ride on the Harbor

WHO:            Boston police officers and members of Cops for Kids with Cancer, children from the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Mass General Hospital and Tufts New England Medical Center
 
WHAT:          Tomorrow, Thursday, July 19, 2018, officers and Cops for Kids with Cancer will treat children from the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Mass General Hospital to a ride on a police boat with the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Unit. On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, children from the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Tufts New England Medical Center will also be given an opportunity to ride on the BPD boats. The children will also receive a police escort from each hospital to the Harbor Unit base.

WHEN:          Both nights, Thursday July 18 and Wednesday, August 1, at about 5:30 PM children will board BPD vans and be escorted from the hospital to the BPD Harbor Patrol Unit base.

WHERE:       Thursday, July 19 – BPD motorcycle units and vans will meet at Mass General Hospital, Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care and escort the children to BPD Harbor Patrol base at 9 Terminal Street, Boston, MA 02210

Wednesday, August 1 – BPD motorcycle units and vans will meet at Tufts NEMC near the Teddy Bear Statue on Washington Street and escort the children to BPD Harbor Patrol base at 9 Terminal Street, Boston, MA 02210

CONTACT:   Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for all media inquiries.

Making a Difference: Cops for Kids with Cancer Presents Check to Family of 3-year-old Battling Leukemia

Yesterday morning, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, retired Boston Police Captain Paul Ivans and officers from District A-1 (Downtown) and District A-15 (Charlestown) presented three-year-old Jonathan McCollum, Jr. and his parents with a generous check from Cops for Kids with Cancer at the District A-15 Neighborhood Police Station. And of course, little Jonathan, who has been fighting Leukemia, was thrilled to receive the officers’ gifts of toys and trucks!

Since the inception of CFKWC in 2008, the organization has provided the families of children who have cancer with over 2.5 million dollars, and it continues, day-in and day-out, to raise money to assist in donating funds for treatment and other needs that these families may encounter during their fight against this disease. 

For more information on Cops for Kids with Cancer, click on this LINK.

Making a Difference: Cops For Kids with Cancer presents check to 6-year-old girl battling cancer in Hyde Park

When Cops For Kids with Cancer recently presented a check to a young 6-year-old girl battling cancer in Hyde Park, the men and women of District E-18 (Hyde Park) were honored and humbled to help!!! Since 2002, Cops For Kids with Cancer have helped over 480 families while giving out close to $2.5 million in donations.

Cops For Kids With Cancer and Boston Police Give Escort, Gifts, and Check to Family of 8-year-old Edarwin Santana

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, officers from District D-4 (South End) were happy to make 8-year-old Edarwin Santana's day a little brighter with a police escort and tour of the district police station where Edarwin, a cancer patient and avid fan of police officers, and his family were presented with a generous donation from Cops for Kids with Cancer. A big thank you to D-4 Captain Lanchester, the officers who participated, and to CFKWC for putting a smile on a Edarwin's face! 

Cops for Kids with Cancer, Boston Police, and MA State Police Give Young Patients a Time to Remember

The goal of Cops for Kids with Cancer is to support the children and families afflicted with this devastating disease. For this reason, each year CFKWC partners with the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Unit to treat youngsters with cancer to a Boston Harbor "cruise" on our police boats. Make no mistake--these are not luxury yachts by any means, but pair them with BPD Chief Gross and our officers, beautiful weather, a State Police helicopter flyover, and a perfect sunset, and you get an afternoon of fun for some very special youngsters!

Making a Difference: Roastmaster General Jeff Ross and Comedy Central Make Generous Donation to “Cops For Kids With Cancer”

Our thanks to Jeff Ross and Comedy Central for their generous donation to one of our favorite charities, “Cops For Kids With Cancer.”  Last week,  Jeff stopped by BPD Headquarters to say hello, share some laughs and take a few jabs at a couple of his favorite targets from his most recent special “Jeff Ross Roasts Cops” which took aim at the Boston Police Department.  The show featured a behind-the-badge look at the challenges police officers are facing on a daily basis amidst a difficult national climate towards law enforcement.    Said Commissioner Evans, “Jeff has spoken about the fact that comedy can bring people together, and here in Boston, we’re trying every single day to make meaningful connections in the communities we serve.  I knew this roast, while maybe a little unconventional, would let people see the important work that we’re doing on a daily basis and show that, while the job we do is very serious, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”

BPD in the News: Boston Police and Cops for Kids with Cancer Take Children Battling Cancer for a Boat Ride on the Harbor!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 was a very special day for Connor Heffler, an 11-year-old boy suffering from a malignant tumor on his spinal cord. Connor was one of four youngsters diagnosed with cancer that was treated by Boston Police and Cops for Kids with Cancer to a boat ride around Boston Harbor with the BPD Harbor Patrol. Connor and his friends were provided a police escort to the unit, had ice cream from the BPD Hoodsie Truck, and even got to drive the boats! John Monahan from Fox 25 tagged along and has the full story here:

http://www.fox25boston.com/news/boston-police-plan-fun-filled-day-for-children-battling-cancer/408185807

Because We Care: BPD Officers Roll Out Red Carpet for Kids Battling Cancer

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, BPD Officers along with representatives from Cops for Kids with Cancer organization rolled out the red carpet for some super brave kids battling a super serious disease. After picking the up kids – all being treated for cancer at MGH’s Pediatric Oncology Unit - BPD motorcycle officers provided the kids a presidential-like escort from the hospital to the harbor. Said one of the kids, “It was so cool! Everybody was looking at us like we were really important. And, we didn’t stop for one red light.” On arrival at the BPD’s Harbor Patrol Unit, the kids were treated to free ice cream – courtesy of the BPD Ice Cream Truck – and then escorted to a waiting BPD patrol boat which then gave the kids and their families a tour of Boston Harbor. Said one of the officers involved in the escort: “I get chills every time I do this and I’m always honored to be a part of it. Seeing the kids smile is absolutely awesome. But, maybe more than anything else, if we can help sick kids not think about being sick for a few hours, that’s a really good day for all of us.” To learn more about the Cops for Kids with Cancer organization – please click on the enclosed link: www.copsforkidswithcancer.org

Cops for Kids with Cancer Makes $5,000 Donation to Teenager in Need

On Monday, June 18, 2016, the non-profit charity organization Cops for Kids with Cancer visited the home of Jake Rackaukas, a 16-year-old diagnosed with brain cancer, to present a $5,000.00 donation to his family. Jake’s father Richard and mother April were on hand to accept the gift from retired Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief and retired CFKWC chairman Bob Faherty. CFKWC continues day-in and day-out to raise money to assist families with children battling cancer, helping them to provide funds for treatment and other needs they may encounter during their fight against this disease. 

BPD in the Community: Shooting for a Cure Event Raises $10,000 For a Worthy Cause

On Friday, August 21, 2015, Retired Supt.-In-Chief Robert Faherty, Chairman of Cops for Kids with Cancer, received a check for $10,000 from Police Officer John Newman and Department Range personnel at the annual Shooting for a Cure event.  Due to their generosity, two families of children suffering from cancer will be assisted by Cops for Kids with Cancer.

Cops for Kids with Cancer Provides Heart Warming Moment at the BPD Harbor Unit

This past Wednesday, July 29, 2015, cancer patients from the Tufts New England Medical Center’s Pediatric Oncology Unit were treated to a tour of Boston Harbor courtesy of the BPD Harbor Unit. The boat ride, an annual affair for kids battling cancer at Tufts New England Medical, was arranged by the good people at Cops for Kids with Cancer. Said an unnamed representative from Cops for Kids with Cancer organization: “The kids you see here this evening are true heroes battling one of life’s deadliest diseases. The boat ride was created to give these kids and their parents a break from their day-to-day reality and an hour or two to think about something other than cancer. And, if the officers from the BPD Harbor Unit were able to give that to them tonight, then that’s the best gift they could’ve given.”

To learn more about Cops for Kids with Cancer – please click on the enclosed link: http://copsforkidswithcancer.org

Cops for Kids with Cancer Donates $10,000 to MGH Pediatric Cancer Unit

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Cops for Kids with Cancer and the Boston Police Department took the children from the Pediatric Cancer Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital and their parents for a boat ride on the 60-foot BPD Harbor Unit boat "Guardian." All the kids had a great time! Afterward, retired Boston Police Chief Bob Faherty presented a $10,000 check to Elyse Levin-Russman, representing the Pediatric Cancer Unit of the MGH. The money, raised by Cops for Kids with Cancer, will be used to support the children in the Pediatric Cancer Unit.

Community Calendar: The 5th Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race Kicks Off Tomorrow

Community Calendar: The 5th Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race sponsored by the Boston Police Emerald Society is set to kick off tomorrow, Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 11:00am. If you haven’t already signed up for the race, it’s not too late as you can still register the morning of the race at the Emerald Society Hall located at 10 Birch Street in Roslindale. The course – which has been certified by USA Track & Field – starts in front of the Emerald Society, heads up Belgrade Ave to Walworth Street, around Fallon Field, up Walter Street through the Arnold Arboretum before finishing in Roslindale Village. All proceeds from the race will be donated to Cops for Kids with Cancer.

Cops for Kids With Cancer Continues Fighting the Good Fight!!!

This past week, Police Commissioner William Evans gladly joined former Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Robert Faherty, who is the current chairman of Cops for Kids with Cancer, as he presented members of Tufts New England Medical Center’s Pediatric Oncology Department with a donation for all the meaningful work they do in their ongoing, never-ending efforts to combat one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Today's presentation - which was held at the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Unit - comes two weeks after a similar donation was made to Mass General Hospital. Said Faherty, "Today’s donation is a small token of the appreciation we feel for the folks at Tufts New England Medical Center and the tremendous work they do. If you’re looking for heroes, look no further than the Pediatric Oncology department at Tufts New England Medical Center.” In addition to staff members, several patients and their families enjoyed a ride around the Boston Harbor courtesy of Boston’s Finest. To learn more about Cops for Kids with Cancer – please click on the enclosed link: www.copsforkidswithcancer.org

Cops for Kids with Cancer Honors Mass General Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Department

Making a Difference: This past week, Police Commissioner William Evans joined former Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Robert Faherty, who is the current chairman of Cops for Kids with Cancer, as he presented members of Mass General Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Department with a donation of $5,000 for all the meaningful work they do in their never-ending efforts to combat one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Said Faherty,’We can’t thank these folks enough for the work they do. They are the epitome of true heroes.” In addition to MGH staff, several patients and their families enjoyed a ride around the harbor courtesy of Boston’s Finest. Said one unnamed officer, “This is easily one of the most meaningful things we do. Seeing these kids smile is worth its weight in gold.”  To learn more about Cops for Kids with Cancer – please click on the enclosed link: www.copsforkidswithcancer.org

IN THE NEWS: Thanks to the Globe for their coverage of today's Cops for Kids with Cancer check presentation

Commissioner Evans shares a playful moment with Luis

Commissioner Evans shares a playful moment with Luis

IN THE NEWS: Thanks to the Boston Globe for their coverage of today's Cops for Kids with Cancer charity check presentation. Today, the chairman for Cops for Kids with Cancer, former Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Robert Faherty, presented a $5,000 check to the family of 6 year-old Luis Armani Sustache. Luis was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in November and - with today's check presentation - became the 300th child to be presented with such a gift. Since its inception in 2008, Cops for Kids with Cancer has given more than $1.5 million to families in need.

To read the full story as it appears in the Boston Globe - please click on the enclosed link:

www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/07/cops-for-kids-with-cancer-has-donated-more-than-families-since/mQNDZsjLmZtOykwZ1iYAqJ/story.html

Cops for Kids with Cancer Makes Its 300th Donation to a Family in Need

This morning on Wednesday, May 07, 2014, retired Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief and chairman of Cops for Kids with Cancer Robert Faherty presented 6-year-old Luis Armani Sustache and his family a check for $5,000.00 on behalf of Cops for Kids with Cancer. Luis was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma cancer in November of 2013, and he and his family are the 300th family to benefit from a $5,000.00 donation. The organization strives to hand out 6 of these checks per month and has provided the families of children who have cancer with over 1.5 million dollars since the charity’s inception in 2008. Retired Chief Faherty said, “Many people donate to cancer charities that fund research, but they may not know where exactly that money goes. The money raised by Cops for Kids with Cancer is handed directly to families like Luis’s, and they can use the money in any way that they need or want to.”

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans was on hand at the check presentation and stated, "This charity really does great work. They work with multiple police agencies and put on many events to raise money. It's great to meet with the kids, and you can see just how appreciative the families are to receive the donation."

BPD in the News: BPD’s Sergeant Shawn Burns Runs His First Boston Marathon for a Good Cause

Thank you to Mark Burridge of WickedLocal.com for his coverage of Boston Police Department Sergeant Shawn Burns. Sergeant Burns is a supervisor in District D-14 (Allston/Brighton) and running his first Boston Marathon for a very good cause. While working in the area of the finish line during last year’s tragic Marathon Bombings, Sgt. Burns leapt into action to assist one of the victims, Sydney Corcoran. The sergeant felt connected with Sydney and her mother, Celeste, who lost both her legs in the blast. So this year, Sgt. Burns will not only run for the charity Cops for Kids with Cancer, but also for Team Corcoran to raise money to pay for Sydney’s mother’s prostheses. Go Sgt. Burns and Team Corcoran!

http://pembroke.wickedlocal.com/article/20140410/NEWS/140419697/12581/NEWS

Cops for Kids with Cancer: Manuel, 10, of Dorchester

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, Commissioner Evans, Chief Gross and Former Boston Police Department Superintendent-in-Chief Robert Faherty, who is the Chairman of the Board for the Cops for Kids with Cancer Organization, gave a generous donation to the family of 10 year old Manuel of Dorchester, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.  We wish Manuel a speedy recovery!