Pawtucket – Briana Leon was diagnosed with Leukemia on July 7, 2015. She is twenty
months old and has been receiving treatments at the Tomorrow Fund at the Hasbro
Children’s Hospital. Briana’s mother Sandra had to quit her house keeping job to
stay home and help care for Briana as she undergoes treatment. Briana resides with
her four year old brother Juan and her parents in Pawtucket.

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Cops For Kids With Cancer (CFKWC), is a non-profit charitable organization comprised
of retired police officers. In a check presentation ceremony hosted at Pawtucket
City Hall, Robert P. Faherty, Superintendent-in-Chief, Boston PD (Retired) presented
Briana’s family with a check in the amount of five-thousand dollars in an effort to
help her family cope with living costs as Briana undergoes treatment. The event was
attended by Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien, Chief of Police Paul King and a host
of Pawtucket Police Department members and City officials. This marks the second
straight year that a Pawtucket family has been received these funds from the
Boston-based CFKWC.

“The City and the department are extremely grateful for the generosity of Cops For
Kids With Cancer and Lover Your Melon has shown to Briana and her family at this
difficult time,” said Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King

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Additionally, representatives of Love Your Melon, an apparel brand run by college
students across the country, presented Briana’s family with hats, winter clothes and
toys. The mission of Love Your Melon, is to give a hat to every child battling
cancer in America. Love Your Melon has reserved more than 45,000 hats to donate to
children battling cancer in the United States through its original buy one, give one
program. This is equal to the number of children currently undergoing cancer
treatment in the country. The hats are donated in person at hospitals nationally by
Love Your Melon college ambassadors dressed as superheroes. The Rhode Island College
chapter of Love Your Melon was in attendance today to make the presentation.

“As a father, it is so touching to see this outpouring of support for such a young
child and her family as she battles Leukemia,” stated Mayor Grebien. “I want to
thank and commend the work that Cops For Kids With Cancer and the Rhode Island
College representatives from Love Your Melon have done for one of our residents here
today. I cannot think of a better display of Holiday spirit than what I saw from
these two groups this afternoon,” continued Grebien.