It is estimated that 10,590 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in 2018. Those shocking statistics come from the American Cancer Society, and while it is a problem nationwide, it affects hundreds of families in West Virginia.
Founder of West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders, Kelly Wymer, said she started her non-profit organization because her daughter was diagnosed with cancer when she was seven.
“It is sad to say, we have lost a lot of kids in our state, and they are our friends,” Wymer said.
As many people in the state have been touched by this terrible disease in some way, those who served our communities are stepping up. For the first time, Beckley Police Department participated in a ‘No Shave November’ fundraiser. All the money raised is going to the West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders.
Chief Deputy, Jake Corey, said it was a fun experience.
“I am hating that I am going to have to shave it actually, but it is been a lot of fun. I have shaved every work day for 21 years, so to have this opportunity not to shave it’s been awesome,” Corey said.
On Thursday, the department handed over a check to the non-profit organization for more than $5,000. This is going towards the many families the non-profit organization serves.
Co-Founder of WV Kids Cancer Crusaders, Marissa Skaff, said they help these families with finances.
“It can cover medical expenses, help with travel, help with anything. Even mortgage payments, any type of resource they need, we try to help them navigate and see what we can do to get them there,” Skaff said.
Beckley Police Department officers plan on making this an annual fundraiser and continue to help families in need.