Two cancer patients at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center got a special Christmas gift when the Kent Police Department donated money to help them with their treatment.
The department worked with the cancer center to choose two recipients. Kent Police Det. Dave Marino and dispatcher Becky Schneider led the effort.
Marino said the office plans on presenting two additional patients with a donation.
The first recipient, Jaclyn Shaw, 30, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer but is also 35 weeks pregnant. The department presented her with money, candy, gift cards, and items for her baby on Dec. 21.
Shaw and her husband, Nate, live in Ravenna.
“She’s really had a good attitude, high spirits,” said Marino, who met Shaw when the department presented her with the check.
The second recipient, Guy Alexander, 60, is a leukemia survivor, but the leukemia recently returned. He is scheduled for a bone marrow transplant in January, but he will need to stay in a specialized home for the patients during his recovery, which was not covered by insurance.
The department raised about $3,800 in total, Marino said. Police officers were allowed to wear beards and dispatchers were allowed to wear jeans if they donated. The department also had a bake sale and a raffle.
Money was also raised when the department sold T-shirts to the public. The shirts were sponsored by Hometown Bank, Davey Tree, RHS DECA, Darrin & Michelle Hartman, and Tri-County Dermatology.
This is the second year the office has donated their No-Shave November fundraiser money locally, Marino said.