A group that is typically the cleanest shaven will be sporting some scruff this November. The Orange Police Department Union came to police administrators in October and asked that grooming standards be relaxed to allow beards for the month of November for a good cause.
The Union is raising money for the Tommy Fund in Chloe Clemens’ name. Chloe is a local toddler battling stage 4 neuroblastoma. She was diagnosed in mid-June at nine months old after her doctor noticed bruising around her eye. Testing revealed that Chloe had a tumor in her abdomen and she has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments since. Chloe’s parents both grew up in Orange and have since moved to Woodbridge. Her grandfather Mike owns Mike’s Towing on Route 34 in Orange.
Each police officer must donate an initial $50 to participate and are encouraged to raise more donations as the month goes on. The Police Union has agreed to match donations up to $1000 but Union President James Kline said they may raise that amount.
Chloe’s mom Leigh Clemens said, “We are overwhelmed and humbled by all of the community support we have received as a family since Chloe’s diagnosis. The positive energy helps us get through. Most importantly, there are so many amazing kids battling this disease and we want to raise awareness.”
Donations may be dropped off at Police Headquarters. Checks should be made payable to the Orange Police Union with “Tommy Fund” or “Chloe”. Donations can also be made directly to the Tommy Fund at http://tommyfund.org/donate/. Chloe’s family writes about her journey at ‘Courage for Chloe’ on facebook.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent