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January 21, 2013
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Video: Mass. cops give young leukemia patient a thrill

The 3-year-old boy spent the day playing at the police station

By PoliceOne Staff

WILMINGTON, Mass. — A large group of officers and a representative from Cops for Kids with Cancer visited with a leukemia patient and his parents at the Wilmington Police Department on Friday.

David Maselli, 3, colored on the white board, met the K-9 unit, and sat in a fire truck in the garage with the help of Police Chief Michael Begonis, according to the Wilmington Patch.

Cops for Kids with Cancer donated $5,000 to Maselli family, to help David battle with leukemia, a disease he was diagnosed with in May.

“Seeing him like this makes me so happy,” said Lilia Maselli, David’s mother. “There are so many days when he’s going through so much. He’s being a regular kid today. And he doesn’t get that many chances to do that. He’s either at the hospital or at home. He can’t go to school, go to birthday parties or be around a lot of people. So to see him running around here and smiling, it means the world to us.”

Begonis said it was just as satisfying to see David’s parents happy.

“That’s sometimes forgotten when kids have cancer is just how much the families are impacted,” said Begonis. “So any relief that organizations like Cops for Kids With Cancer can give to families is huge, and we certainly support that at the Police Department.”

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