GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)– State police are helping a little boy with cancer, a little boy who’s been through so much already.
State police are of course in the business of serving and protecting the public but this time they’re helping one family in a whole different way.
Seven-year-old Robert Martin has been through a lot lately and so has his family.
“He does really well,” said his mother, Rachael Martin. “He’s pretty upbeat and he has his days and he doesn’t understand why he had to get sick.”
Diagnosed with leukemia last August he now goes through chemotherapy treatments in Providence, a huge financial and emotional strain on this family.
Last March, News 8 saw the Martins at his father’s homecoming for the USS Providence. Today, their two daughters are with family in Wyoming while they spend many days at Hasbro Children’s Hospital with Robert.
“It was a hard decision but you know what you have to do for your children to be safe and happy as well,” said Martin.
Cops for Kids with Cancer understands these struggles.
“The families are the forgotten people in cancer. Everyone forgets what the family goes through,” said Robert Flaherty, Cops for Kids with Cancer.
And Wednesday presented the Martins with a check for $5,000 for anything they need.
“It’s a little overwhelming, all the generosity you receive,” said Samuel Martin, Robert’s father.
This program was started in Boston by a police officer who survived cancer himself and knew of the struggles his family faced. A Sgt with Troop E who is also a member of the military nominated the Martins.
“And he asked if this barracks would be the host police department and without a question we said absolutely,” said LT. Michael Thomas, CT State Police.
“Hopefully it will step us ahead a little bit in our financial struggles. So it will be very nice,” said Racheal Martin.
Community support continues. Once folks learned about this family’s story other people decided to donated. They came here at the barracks and dropped off checks so far totaling more than $200. Plus News 8 was told a local day care is offering its services for free to them.