Making A Difference: Police And Fire Departments Face Off To Combat Childhood Cancer

Posted at 3:35 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 15:35:35-04

LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) The Lexington Fire Department and Police Department are facing off in a friendly competition for a very personal cause. 

Each department has families with children battling cancer, so they’re joining forces to raise awareness and money. 

"It can be very humbling you know we have a hard time asking for help, we’re the ones usually giving the help," said John Barnott with the Lexington Fire Department. "You know, we think about those families every day, can’t imagine what they’re going through, and all we can hope for is a great outcome."

Next Wednesday, the police department and fire department will battle head-to-head in a combat course. 

They said that course is nothing compared to the challenges that kids like 10-year-old Levi Delimpo, who is a son of a Lexington Police Detective, face daily. Levi is battling a rare form of bone cancer. 9-year-old Verity Marrow, the daughter of a Lexington Firefighter, is battling a brain cancer. 

"For him (Levi) to see everyone rally around him, just really lifts his spirits, and really affects how his body is responding to these treatments and his cancer," said Kelli Kearney, a friend of the Delimpos. 

Every penny raised will go to the kids, allowing their families to spend precious time with their little ones. 

"That’s what they want, pray for Levi, and God will do the right thing," said Adam Kearney, another friend of the Delimpos. 

The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. 

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