BANGOR – Cops for Kids with Cancer, a Boston-based organization, helped 8-year-old Chandler and his family Tuesday afternoon.
The organization was established in 2002 by former Boston police Capt. John Dow. Ed McNelley, a current member of Cops for Kids with Cancer, said Dow wanted to start the organization to help kids in hospitals.
McNelley said that the organization offers $5,000 to eight different families around New England each month.
“We step in and try to provide some financial assistance for them to get them through this rough patch, to really concentrate on what’s most important in their life and that’s getting their child better,” said McNelley.
One child this month is a young boy, Chandler, from Enfield fighting a rare brain cancer. He was diagnosed about a year ago.
He and his family got a tour of the Bangor Police Department Tuesday afternoon. Members from Cops for Kids with Cancer also drove from Boston to give the family their check.
“I think it’s great that they’re willing to help people in Maine because it is a Boston program,” Chandler’s mother said. “We feel very honored to have gotten the grant.”