Cops Help Kids with Cancer
By Christine Igo Freeman, Foxboro Reporter.
Foxboro’s Kiley Beaver celebrated her third birthday on Sept. 24. But this one was different for her and her family.
This past summer, Kiley was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). The good news, according to her mother Sandra, ALL is the most common and most curable of childhood cancers.
And more good news came Friday, when the Beaver Family was presented with a check for $5,000 from Cops for Kids with Cancer to aid in everyday expenses and in medical bills associated with Kiley’s diagnosis and treatment. The presentation was held in the McGinty Room at the Foxborough Public Safety Building.
The family lived in Rhode Island before moving to Foxboro in 2011. As Sandra explains, they chose Foxboro because they were very familiar with the town since she has family here. She adds that even before they set down their own roots here, they had spent lots of time in Foxboro especially around Founders Day celebrations.Now, Kiley lives in her close-knit neighborhood with her mom Sandra, dad Jason and her big brother, six-year-old Gavin.
On hand to make the presentation Friday for Cops for Kids with Cancer was Board Chairman Robert P. Faherty and recently-retired Detective Sergeant Tom Kirrane representing the Foxboro Police Department. Kirrane, who retired this past spring after 40 years of service to the town, credits Foxboro Police Sergeant and K-9 Officer John Chamberlin for contacting Cops for Kids with Cancer on behalf of the Beaver Family.
The Chamberlins and the Beavers are neighbors.
Started in Boston
Faherty is a retired Superintendent-in-Chief of the Boston Police Department with four decades of service. As Faherty explained before presenting the check to the family, Cops for Kids with Cancer was founded by his longtime friend and colleague retired Police Captain John Dow. Dow has since passed away, but at the time he was a cancer survivor with a vision to help families affected by cancer. His mission has been adopted by Faherty, other active and retired police officers and friends of law enforcement.
Everyone involved with Cops for Kids with Cancer are volunteers. The funds raised go directly to families involved in the care of a child with cancer like the Beavers. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, often one parent has to leave a job and Jason, Kiley’s dad, had to leave his in order to keep up with her rigorous treatment schedule.
In the past four years, including hospital donations, Cops for Kids with Cancer has given more than $1,000,000 to 157 New England families in need. Each family typically receives $5,000 and Cops for Kids with Cancer usually gives to six families a month.
Each year, for the past four years, Kirrane has organized a highly successful hockey tournament to raise money for Cops for Kids with Cancer. Kirrane knows firsthand how cancer affects a family because he and his wife are both cancer survivors. The tournament attracts 10-12 teams and is held at the Foxboro Sports Center on Belcher Road. Players are mostly police officers, with a few firefighters mixed in, and each team pays a $1,000 registration fee. Foxboro Sports Center owner Richard Tuzzo donates the facility every year.
The annual event is usually held in April; however, due to the tragic bombings at this year’s Boston Marathon on April 15 this year’s fundraiser was postponed and held on June 22. Kirrane thanks Foxboro Police Lieutenant John Hannon and Sergeant Scott Austin for their role in the tournament’s success.
“Each year, the day-long tournament raises $10,000. Next year’s tournament will be bigger and better because there are now three sheets of ice at the sports center,” Kirrane said.
The day ends with a big celebration for players and their families at Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Foxboro which is donated by owner Paul McKinnon.
To learn more about Cops for Kids with Cancer, please visit their website: www.copsforkidswithcancer.org