Cops for Kids with Cancer Provides Life-Changing Assistance

By Adam Roberts, The Braintree Patch

Braintree resident Robert Faherty is the chairman of the local charity that funds research and helps families with kids battling cancer.

Cops for Kids with Cancer began as a group of Boston Police officers playing golf with their colleagues in law enforcement from Ireland, but it has evolved into a Braintree-based charity that provides thousands of dollars annually to local hospitals and families of children with cancer.

Since the early 2000s, the group has made donations to the children’s oncology units at Mass. General Hospital and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

In 2008, the all volunteer board of directors decided to provide funds to local families with children battling cancer, which are often recommended by area police departments and hospitals.

The organization has increased the number of families it could help annually since 2008, with 71 families receiving assistance last year. CFKWC has given over $1 million to 200 families in that time.

Robert Faherty, a Braintree resident and chairman of Cops for Kids with Cancer, has worked with the organization since retiring as Superintendent-in-Chief of the Boston Police Department after 40 years in law enforcement.

Faherty said the connection between cops and kids with cancer was a natural one for the organization that is made of current and retired officers as well as friends of law enforcement.

“That’s one of the hardest things to deal with [in law enforcement], anything with children,” said Faherty.

Faherty got involved in the organization through his friend John Dow, a Boston Police Captain. Dow beat lung cancer while on the job in the 1980s and when he retired spent time in Ireland, Faherty said.

Overseas, Dow became friends with Detective Pat Hanlon, of Ireland’s Garda Siochana.

“John told Pat how devastating [cancer] was for him,” Faherty said. “He couldn’t imagine having a kid with cancer.”

The groups from Boston and Ireland began golfing against each other and raising money for a hospital in the host country.

While the international golf tournament has been phased out over the years, Cops for Kids with Cancer has branched out into other areas like comedy nights, motorcycle rides, concerts, trivia and other events. Sports are still part of the schedule with an annual golf tournament and road races.

“We’re always doing something to raise money,” Faherty said, adding that there is at least one event each month.

To view the Cops for Kids with Cancer events schedule or make a donation, visit copsforkidswithcancer.org