The warm summer sea breeze along the Boston Harbor can gently soothe those who have the opportunity to enjoy the setting. On Aug. 25, several young pediatric cancer patients, along with their siblings and parents, enjoyed this summertime escape when the MassGeneral Hospital for Children's (MGHfC) Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center partnered with Cops for Kids with Cancer (CFKWC) to offer the group an outing on the harbor in a Boston Police Department (BPD) patrol boat.
Established eight years ago by former BPD captain and cancer survivor John Dow and his wife Joan, CFKWC provides support for pediatric cancer patients and their families throughout Boston. The organization has presented the harbor excursion to children undergoing cancer treatment at MGHfC for the past four years. This year, retired Superintendent-in-Chief Robert Faherty, CWKWC chairman, and current and retired BPD officers again rallied colleagues from the Motorcycle, Harbor Patrol, K-9 and Mounted Units to provide the children with an unforgettable trip. The children and parents were given a police escort from the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care to the Boston Police Harbor Unit in South Boston, where the special guests boarded the patrol boat for a scenic cruise around the harbor.
"This trip was such a wonderful opportunity for the kids and their siblings," says Elyse D. Levin-Russman, LICSW, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology clinical social worker. "The children even had a chance to drive the boat. We are so thankful to Mr. Faherty and Cops for Kids with Cancer for their continued support of our patients and their families."
The excursion culminated with a trip to the U.S.S. Constitution, the historic heavy frigate of the U.S. Navy. From the patrol boat, the children experienced the excitement of the ship's cannons being fired and watched the lowering of the flag. Following the boat ride, Faherty presented the MGHfC with a check for $10,000 to support the family-centered care programs and services for pediatric cancer patients.
A DAY TO REMEMBER: Several MGHfC patients and their family members were treated to a special outing with the BPD.