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First Responders draw inspiration from 3 year old cancer survivor

By Scott Morgan, 04/30/15, 6:30PM CDT


In 2014 as I sat with my fellow committee members to start planning the 2nd Annual Kingston Police Hockey Classic, we were trying to figure out who we wanted to play the tournament for that year. The previous year we played for the Massachusetts Military Hero’s Fund and were able to raise a good amount of money for a worthy cause. This year I wanted something closer to home and a few short weeks later we were told about a 2 year old boy from our town who would make a huge impact on me, especially being a father of 3.

J McGrath was only 21 months old when he was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma. In March 2014 while we were planning the tournament, JJ was in the hospital having 3 tumors successfully removed. In April 2014 after recovering from his last surgery JJ was back in the hospital having a Stem Cell transplant and would be in the hospital for 46 days. During that time, we held the 2nd Annual Kingston Police Hockey Classic. Through the generosity of my fellow First Responders and the Kingston Community we were able to raise over $5000.00 to give to JJ and his parents, Josh and Kristen. In December 2014 Kristen had given us the awesome news that at JJ’s doctor’s appointment she was told that there was no evidence of cancer or new lesions!

At this year’s Classic JJ was able to not only attend, but also drop the puck at our championship game. It was hard to believe watching him that just a year before he was in the hospital battling cancer, and I’m sure there were 1 or 2 tears shed. JJ still has a long road ahead of him, but he is a fighter! We should all be so lucky to be #JJStrong!

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