Six-year-old Luis Armani Sustache flashed a gap-toothed smile from underneath a monster hat this morning when a retired Boston police official gave him a generous gift — a check for $5,000.
Though it might seem like an unconventional gift for a child, Luis and his family were appreciative. Now they have some extra money to offset the costs of treating Luis’s cancer.
Luis, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in November, was the 300th child to be presented with such a gift through the charity Cops for Kids with Cancer.
Retired police superintendent-in-chief Robert Faherty is the chairman of the nonprofit. The organization strives to give out six $5,000 checks per month — each to the family of a child with cancer.
Since its inception in 2008, Cops for Kids with Cancer has given more than $1.5 million to families in need.
“Many people donate to cancer charities that fund research, but they may not know where exactly that money goes,” said Faherty in a statement. “The money raised by Cops for Kids with Cancer is handed directly to families like Luis’s, and they can use the money in any way that they need or want to.”
Police Commissioner William Evans attended this morning’s ceremony.
“This charity really does great work,” Evans said in a statement. “They work with multiple police agencies and put on many events to raise money. It’s great to meet with the kids, and you can see just how appreciative the families are to receive the donation.”Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp