Cops for Kids with Cancer

About Our Charity

Our Motivation

We care and we want to make a positive impact on people’s lives. We are passionate about what we do.

Our Friends

We have many friends in law enforcement, in corporate America, and even some international supporters – we sincerely thank them all.

Our All-Volunteer Board

Learn more about the upstanding volunteers that lead our organization.

Why We Do What We Do…

When a family receives such a devastating diagnosis regarding their child, some things happen immediately…

  • One parent must be available at all times, often having to quit work.
  • Simultaneously, expenses go through the roof
    • non-covered treatment or medications
    • travel and parking for the hospital stays
    • eating away from home
    • babysitters
    • possible home alterations

This is where we step in, giving that family $5,000 to use as they see necessary.

Our hope is to remove some financial burden so all their energies can go to helping their child beat cancer and live a healthy life.

Please support Cops for Kids with Cancer so we never have to deny a struggling family a helping hand.

Please donate to help us maintain this worthy mission.

“FORE” … And a Charity Was Bornus-ire-flag

Our charity began as a golf rivalry between Captain Dow’s Boston Police team and members of Ireland’s Garda Siochana, led by Detective Pat Hanlon. That small group determined that the event should raise funds to be donated to a local hospital, specifically to help children with cancer. Here we are, over a decade later, carrying on their wonderful mission.


We’ve grown a bit since we were established in 2002. Now we have a 20-plus person Board of Directors comprised of active and retired police officers, and friends of law enforcement. All are volunteers, receiving no salaries. We all work very hard to plan events and keep our overhead to a minimum.

The funds that we raise go to people directly involved in the care of children with cancer, with each family typically receiving $5,000. There are many organizations raising money for important research, but our goal is to help the children and their caregivers through this most difficult crisis.

Our Mission

Cops for Kids with Cancer is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on raising funds to provide assistance to families of children fighting cancer, to improve their quality of life.

For several years, we only made donations to the children’s oncology units at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The donations were specifically earmarked for items or activities that would make an extended hospital stay a little less daunting.

Although we still continue those donations, in 2008 the Board of Directors established a process to get sorely needed funds to individual families caught in the web of pediatric cancer.

In addition to the crushing emotional toll taken, there is a financial domino effect in having a child diagnosed with cancer. Most often, one parent must leave a job. Some treatments are not fully covered by insurance. It’s expensive to come to the city every day to be with your child – gas costs, parking fees and meals can add up quickly, and all this on a income already cut in half. Families, once solvent, now find themselves on the financial brink.


WE CAN ALL HELP. Our donations have, for example, saved a family from eviction, helped pay down overwhelming bills and paid to repair the only vehicle used to travel back and forth to the hospital. The situations are heartbreaking and all too real.


In recent years, including the hospital donations, we have given to over 480 families in need, totaling more than $2,420,000 in and around New England. That’s a lot of fundraising for a small charity, and the more the word gets out, the more requests we get.

We are always grateful for your support, either by donation or by participating in a fundraising event. Please support Cops for Kids with Cancer so we never have to deny a struggling family a helping hand.

Our Friends

Thank you to all our friends and supporters…

An Garda Siochana (Ireland)
Boston Police Department
Boston Police Activities League
Boston Police Patrolman’s Association
Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society
Boston Police Superior Officers
Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Holbrook Patrolman’s Assoc.
Irish American Police Officers Association
Malden Police Patrolman’s Association
Massachusetts Police Association
Massachusetts State Police
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M.B.T.A. Transit Police
Newton Police Assoc.
Retired Boston Police Officers Association
MBTA Police Retirees Association
Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition
Massachusetts Safety Officers League
Norfolk County Sheriff
Abington Police Department
Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department
Billerica Police department
Boston Police, District 4
Bourne Police Department
Braintree Police Department
Bristol County Sheriff’s Office
Brockton police Department
Canton Police Department
Cohasset Police department
County of Plymouth Sheriff’s Department
Duxbury Police Department
East Bridgewater Police Department
Foxbourgh Police Department
Franklin Police Association
Fraternal Order of Police
Hingham Police Department
Hull Police Department
Ipswich Police Department
Maynard Police Relief Assoc.
Mass. Chief’s of Police Assoc.
Mass. State Police Commissioned Officers Assoc.
Melrose police Department
Milton Police Department
Natick Police Department
Needham Police Department
Norton Police Association
Peabody Police Benevolent Assoc.
Plainville Police Department
Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department
Plymouth Police Department
Quincy Police Department
Southeastern Mass. Police Chiefs Assoc.
State Police Association of Mass.
Weymouth Police Department
Whitman Police Department
Woburn Police Department

Our Board of Directors


William Coulter

Detective Lieutenant
Massachusetts State Police


Helena Rafferty

Deputy Chief of Police
Canton MA Police Department


Stacey J. Abato


Maura Flynn


Patricia Eagar


Christopher Cunniff
Stephen DaCorta
Michael Drummy
Rita Foley
Robert Guiney
Gerard McDonough
Mary McInness McGreal
John McManus
Edward J. McNelley
Ned Merrick
Dave Patterson
Tom Reed
Robert Stacks, MD
John Tassinari
Miller Thomas
Mike Weir

Distinguished Executives

John V. Dow

Chairman Emeritus
Robert P. Faherty

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