Interim Police Chief John McCarthy
197 Main St.
Gloucester , MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Gloucester Police to Recognize 6-Year-Old Boy Who Donated Birthday Funds to Cops For Kids With Cancer
GLOUCESTER — Interim Chief John McCarthy is pleased to announce that the Gloucester Police Department will welcome and give thanks to 6-year-old Mason Adams, who insisted that his friends donate money to his police heroes rather than spend the money on gifts for his birthday.
Thursday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m.
Gloucester Police Station, 197 Main St.
Gloucester Police Department
Edward McNelley, director of Cops For Kids With Cancer
6-year-old Mason Adams and his family
Ahead of his sixth birthday party, Mason Adams told his parents that he would rather see his friends donate money to his hometown heroes at the Gloucester Police Department than receive presents.
Honoring his wishes, his parents coordinated with Officer Heidi Fialho to set up an online fund, and also collected donations at his birthday party—attended by Chief McCarthy and Lt. David Quinn—and raised $900, which the Gloucester Police will in turn donate to Cops For Kids With Cancer.
“I am extremely proud of Mason’s selfless desire to support both the police and other kids like him who are faced with the challenge of battling cancer,” Chief McCarthy said. “His desire to support his heroes and put his community ahead of himself closely mirrors all that it means to be a police officer, and we are excited that the money will go to such a great cause.”
The Gloucester Police have invited Mason, his family and McNelley from Cops For Kids With Cancer to the station to formally make the donation to the organization.