Chillin’ For Cancer Research

By Kevin Masterman, Toronto Police Service Published: 4:05 p.m. February 17, 2014

A group of gutsy Toronto Police Service members took to icy water on Family Day in support of children with cancer.

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Constable Laurie McCann, Staff Sergeant Chris Boddy, Sharon Wilmot, Geneva Cooper Wright, Director Marianne Wright take the plunge

The Sears Great Canadian Chill raised over $50,000, benefiting the Sears Charitable Foundation, which helps fund research into childhood cancers and hospitals such as the Hospital for Sick Children.

Over 200 people took the plunge in support of the cause, including members of the York Regional Police Service as well as staff from the neighbouring Hard Rock Cafe, who dressed as members of Kiss.

“It was cold but rewarding,” said Staff Sergeant Chris Boddy (@TPSChrisBoddy), who hit the frigid water twice in support of the cause. His first jump on Sunday was during the start of an extreme cold weather alert to promote the event, and once more with his team on Family Day, February 17. “It was a really fun event that brought a lot of people together for a great cause.”

The Toronto Police Service team, who suited up in forensic collection gear, was made up of Superintendent Deb Preston, Director of Legal Services Marianne Wright and her daughter, Geneva Cooper Wright, lawyer Sharon Wilmot and Constable Laurie McCann. 

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Constable Laurie McCann with Katie Herron in hospital

McCann (@thecoffeecop) has seen the effect of childhood cancer, but also hope for the future while visiting her friend Katie Herron, suffering from leukemia and awaiting a stem-cell donation that will save her life.

“It’s amazing what her little body has been through,” McCann said, of the four-year-old who fought off the cancer when she was diagnosed at 14 months and is now undergoing chemotherapy.

“She is still in good spirits and has such an amazing attitude,” said McCann, of Katie, being treated at the Hospital for Sick Children. “If she can go through all of this, then I can go jump in some cold water.”

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