June 17, 2009
Brothers and Sisters,
Yesterday, FOP Lodge No 41 found out that one of our Brothers in Blue, Franklin Police Officer and FOP Lodge No. 41 member, Chadd McCulley’s family had received devastating news about their three year old daughter, Alexa.
This past Sunday, June 14th, Alexa was at the hospital treating, what they thought was, a routine sickness. On Monday, June 15th, after further testing, the family learned that she has leukemia. Yesterday, June 16th, they did the first round of chemotherapy, along with testing her spinal fluid, and taking a bone marrow sample. This ordeal has to be hard on a three year old to go through as well as her parents.
Chadd and his wife Shauna will be with their daughter while she is in the hospital for the next two weeks. The basic need is simple. It is something we can all chip in and do. This request is not coming from the family, but, it comes from the extended family of Law Enforcement. That is all of us! They need all of our help.
An account has been set up at the US Bank on Franklin Road in Brentwood, TN to accept the funds. Please, send a check; send cash, twenty dollars, ten dollars, just a dollar, 4 quarters, whatever you can spare. Make it out to the: Alexa McCulley Fund. You can go into any US Bank branch office anywhere in the United States and donate. This is a time that all of us need to step up and help one of our own. Any and all help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. If you cannot go into a US Bank, send the lodge a check at the address above, payable to the Alexa McCulley Fund and we will take care of it.
In addition, the bone marrow registry is having a drive to get as many people on their registry to donate and currently it is free to join until June 22nd otherwise it costs $100 to do so (it covers the DNA testing costs). You can go anywhere in the nation to do this.
In marrow donation, only the liquid marrow found inside the bones is collected. In a PBSC donation, cells are collected from the bloodstream in a process similar to donating plasma. Five percent or less of a donor's marrow is needed to save a life. After donation, the body replaces the donated marrow within four to six weeks.
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We ask that each of you please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
FOP Lodge 41
D. Michael Kruggel
Chairman, Events & Fundraising Committee
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