Cops For Kids With Cancer knows the toll a child’s illness can have on a family and has reached out to a Kingston family to help ease its financial burden.
Jack Curran was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 4 years old. For the past 19 months he has been undergoing treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institue. He has six months of treatments to go.
Like other families helped by the not-for-profit organization Cops For Kids With Cancer, the cost of rides to appointments for treatment can add up financially. So can other costs.
Former Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Bob Faherty, chairman of the Cops For Kids With Cancer Board of Directors, and other members of the agency understand this. Faherty recently visited the Kingston Police station to deliver a donation to the Currans.
“Most every family with a child with cancer has some financial trouble with bills of all kinds due to the care required,” Faherty said. “Maybe this way we can give them three months of breathing room.”
Lt. Maurice Splaine, now the interim police chief, said the Kingston Police were happy to serve as hosts in support of a worthy cause and a local family. Jack had a lot of fun, too, getting to sit on a police motorcycle and take a tour.
Faherty learned about Jack through his aunt Kristen, who works for the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department, and he found in the Currans the kind of family that Cops For Kids With Cancer typically supports.
The organization operates out of Faherty’s home. Its members are active and retired police officers and other volunteers. All the money that’s raised goes to the families. Since 2008, it has helped about 200 families, including 71 families last year.
Jen Curran said she appreciates what Cops for Kids has done for her family and others who are already so worried about their child with cancer and have more to worry about.
“It’s to help the families because they have enough to worry about, which is true,” she said. “it really adds up.”
Curran said Jack had a great time with the Kingston Police. Splaine said it was wonderful that the station could be the meeting site in keeping with Faherty’s goal of encouraging a bond between the family and local police.
Jack is in kindergarten at Kingston Elementary School and has been handling his treatment well.
Jen Curran said she’s grateful for the generosity of everyone who has helped their family or helped others in their name.
Jen’s sister, Kim Miller, and family friend Karen Barry, both of Kingston, and two of Jen’s cousins are running in the Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber team in Jack’s name. Last year three of Jack’s neighbors – Tricia Kelleher, Tricia Duff and Kristin Rosebach – ran in the Boston Marathon as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program.
All runners need to raise at least $4,000 to participate in the marathon. To support Miller and Barry’s efforts, log on to www.rundfmc.org.