Police treat kids with cancer to day in the country

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Local law enforcement agencies hosted a day in the county today for patients being treated for cancer.

The Rockland County Sheriff's Office, along with NYPD, state police and local law enforcement agencies welcomed over 100 kids and their families to Krucker's Catering & Picnic Grove in Pomona.

The kids are from the Ronald McDonald House and various hospitals in Manhattan.

There were firetrucks, police cars, horse and pony rides, and, of course, plenty of barbecue grills going to help put smiles on their faces all day long.

Sheriff Lou Flaco created the annual event four years ago with help from the NYPD, who escorted the children from the city to Kruckers catering facility in full police brigade.

"A day to just forget everything and come up here and relax, have a hamburger, the kids can go swimming, they can get to see everything that law enforcement has to offer," says Falco.

The volunteers say they do this every year because each of the kids deserve a day to remember they are kids and not patients. There is no cost to the kids or their families since all the food is donated, the police donate their time, and Krucker's donates the facility.

Nikos Cumming, 14, lives at the Ronald McDonald House with his mother Cecily and was excited to see the firetrucks and meet the firefighters. Cecily is grateful for the event.

"It's so good to know that people care."

Organizers say children at the Ronald McDonald House are more likely to remember special trips like this rather than all their hospital visits and surgeries.

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