(WTNH)- Two Connecticut State Troopers have been recognized for raising thousands of dollars for a West Hartford girl fighting cancer. Sergeant James Nicholson and Trooper First Class Mark Roberts raised monetary pledges prior to running the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015.
The two runners raised a total of $3,500. Of that total, $3,000 was donated to Cops for Kids with Cancer and $500 will go to the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute. This not for profit research facility is leading the effort to combat pediatric cancers similar to the disease that West Hartford’s Kiley Sullivan is battling.
At State Police Troop H in Hartford on May 15, Cops for Kids with Cancer presented a grant to Kiley and her family. Six-year-old Kiley is fighting a rare form of cancer, (Rhabdomyosarcoma “RMS” ). The disease is an aggressive cancer of the soft connective tissues. Kiley is the daughter of Sgt. Nicholson’s cousin.
Cops for Kids with Cancer is a charity founded in 2005 to provide monetary support for young cancer patients and their families. Money raised goes directly to the family. The organization’s board consists primarily of law enforcement officers and/or retired law enforcement officers who want each family to feel the positive reinforcement that someone else cares. The monies provided to the families help relieve the stress of financial burdens.