Wednesday, September 9, 2009

US Park Police Officers Help Cancer Charity

On August 28, 2009 the United States Park Police held the 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to honor members of the Force that have had cancer and lost that fight. All money raised during the event goes to Johns Hopkins Cancer Research Hospital. In the nine years since the inception of the tournament, the United States Park Police has raised and donated over $150,000 dollars for cancer research at Johns Hopkins.

In addition to the annual golf tournament, this year a local Harley Davidson distributor donated a 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide motorcycle for raffle. The drawing was held at the conclusion of the tournament during the awards banquet. The chairman of the golf tournament, Sergeant Franz Ferstl, asked a cancer patient from Johns Hopkins, Zoe Boone, to come to the tournament and draw the winning raffle ticket for the motorcycle.

Zoe Boone was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 6 years old and was fortunate to have a bone marrow match with her sister, Maxine. After the transplant, Zoe spent an entire year in the hospital recovering. Doctors are hopeful she will be in remission soon. Zoe lives with her dad Vincent and sister Maxine in Bowie, Maryland. She is very serious about her school studies and her future. Zoe hopes to one day join the WNBA as a professional basketball player as well as pursue a career as a famous fashion model and designer.