Sometimes fighting childhood cancer takes an army. The Santa Paula Police Department joined FORCES by going gold this month to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
The Police Department from Santa Paula, California went Gold this September. The department wore patches embroidered with gold ribbons to show their support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The idea came from Sergeant Scott Varner and was enthusiastically supported by his Commander Ismael Cordero, and the entire Santa Paula Police Department.
Besides bringing awareness to the public about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the need for more funding for pediatric cancer research, the patch holds a special meaning for Sergeant Scott Varner. In May of 2016 Sergeant Varner’s niece, Abigail Caplan-Jones, passed away after a two year battle with Undifferentiated Ewing’s Sarcoma. After beating her cancer once and being declared in remission, Abigail’s cancer returned. Abigail’s hard fought and courageous battle against this terrible disease ended on May 22, 2016.
Sergeant Varner says “I believe we are the first police agency in the nation to have patches in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The idea for the patch came from our family’s tremendous loss, but out of that, it’s mine and the departments hope that more awareness and funding can come from this so a cure can be found, and other families will no longer have to deal with this awful disease.”
We thank the Santa Paula Police Department for their support and advocating for all children fighting cancer.