Cops Fighting Cancer At Children’s Hospital: A Seven-Year Colorado Tradition
Officer Jim Seneca knows the emotional and financial struggles that come with having cancer — he was diagnosed with leukemia in 1987 and went on to beat it after a lengthy fight. Getting support from others helped him on the road to recovery, and that’s why he founded Cops Against Cancer, a non-profit organization based in Colorado dedicated to bettering the lives of those waging the same battle he once fought and won.
The organization’s goal is to assist the families of cancer patients in every possible way, including providing financial assistance for treatments, co-payments, medical supplies and educational resources as well as emotional assistance for staying positive through all the challenges the disease brings with it. Cops Against Cancer also helps out with day-to-day needs, including running errands and helping with childcare.
Each year, Cops Against Cancer chooses a cancer patient as an honorary police officer, to commend them for their bravery. In 2015, their selection was Ben Brewer, a 14-year-old who has spent 12 years of his life battling neuroblastoma. On Dec. 2, Ben was welcomed as an Aurora police officer and given a ride-along, where he got a chance to call in-service over the department’s dispatch and receive warm words of encouragement from fellow officers.
When more than 200 Aurora police officers visit The Children’s Hospital in Denver on Dec.17, the hope is that Ben will feel well enough to lead “The Long Blue Line” — the procession of officers that makes a stop at every child’s bed with a gift in hand.Hundreds of people are diagnosed with cancer each day, and thousands more have been fighting with the disease for months or even years. Just like Cops Against Cancer, you too can support those in your area struggling with cancer. Visit Hope Faith Love to find ways to help others in need in your community.
Check out the audio of Ben’s ride along!