Members of the Rhode Island State Police and the Cops for Kids with Cancer charitable organization yesterday presented checks of $5,000 each to three Rhode Island families who are dealing with the financial challenges of having a child with cancer.
The money was raised by seven Rhode Island State Troopers who ran the Boston Marathon earlier this year as a fundraiser for Cops for Kids with Cancer. Four of the troopers were on hand for yesterday's check presentation by Massachusetts State Police Lieutenant William Coulter, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cops for Kids with Cancer, and Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety.
The recipients were the families of:
• A 10-year-old boy from North Smithfield,
• A 12-year-old girl from North Smithfield, and
• A 19-year-old young man from Providence
All three attended the check presentation yesterday with other members of their families. In addition to the check, they were given gift bags that included a Rhode Island State Trooper shirt, a Massachusetts State Police hat and other items.
Lieutenant John Grassel, one of the organizers of the Rhode Island State Police Boston Marathon Team, told the three children that they were among his heroes, and he was inspired by them and children kids with cancer while running the marathon this past April.
This year's Rhode Island State Police Marathon Team included Lieutenant Grassel, Corporal John Gadrow and Troopers Amanda Brezniak, Charles Chadsey, Jeremy Gaucher, Amy Jackman and Scott Potter. They raised nearly $15,000 this year. Over the past five years, Rhode Island State Troopers have raised about $50,000 for Cops for Kids with Cancer with their marathon fundraising efforts.
"We're appreciative of the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon to raise money for such a great charity," Lieutenant Grassel said.