Thunder Bay, Ontario – On April 22nd, 2017 Jeff Goodwin, a police officer with the Warwickshire Police in the United Kingdom (UK), visited Thunder Bay with Kansas City, KS Police officer Troy Bennet, in an effort to show his appreciation to the policing community across North America and beyond. Jeff’s 9 year old son, Alex, is currently battling a rare form of bone cancer, Ewing Sarcoma, which is only treated at a small number of hospitals around the world.
During Jeff’s visit to Thunder Bay, he was greeted by Corporal Ron Miller of the Thunder Bay RCMP and Constable Derek Charlton of the Thunder Bay Police Service. Jeff intends on coming back to Thunder Bay in the near future, and will bring his son Alex with him, who was too ill to attend.
The Kansas City, Kansas Chief of Police, Terry Zeigler, heard about Alex’s story and reached out to the family and doctors at Kansas University Hospital and was able to connect the two. Since then, Alex has been receiving treatments in the United States at the family’s own cost. There have been numerous fundraising initiatives across the UK, Australia and North America that have raised substantial funds which are being used to fund the special treatments that are required for Alex’s recovery.
Jeff is in the process of publishing a crime novel that features the RCMP, specifically in the Northern Ontario portion of Canada. All the proceeds of the sales of this novel are going directly to the funding of medical care that his son is going to require over the next number of years.
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