Once a year, about 120 kids stricken with cancer are given an day where they can be be “normal” and celebrate the holiday as it was meant to be….with family, fun, games, Santa Claus, gifts and lots of laughter and smiles. And thanks to the Cops Care Cancer Foundation, for that one afternoon, these kids forget that they have a hospital bed, rounds of chemotherapy, and a life threatening disease to go back to.
Police officers from San Jose and Sunnyvale along with SJ Sharkie, SF 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary, and hundreds of volunteers transformed the NASA 211 Hangar at Moffett Field into the North Pole and filled it with activities including a ‘bubble zone’, jumper houses, face painting, carnival games, and S.W.A.T. police vehicles. The families entered the hangar on a red carpet and were individually greeted with a standing ovation.
The harsh reality is that this will be the last Christmas for some of these children. So the Cops Care Cancer Foundation (CCCF) goes the extra mile to make sure that it is a very special one for each and every family. CCCF finds out ahead of time what each child in the family wants from Santa. Then they make sure that gift that is in the box that Santa hands the child is what will bring a smile to their face. And along with some extra cash for gifts and a holiday dinner, raised by donation from various fundraisers throughout the year, the families have a little extra cheer to get them through the end of the year.