Police reach out to Nashua boy battling cancer

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
September 25. 2017 9:07PM

Deputy Chief Michael Carignan of the Nashua Police Department helps Dylan Klein, 10, try on a special helmet used by the department's bomb unit. (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent)

NASHUA — What doctors initially thought were just migraines turned out to be a cancerous tumor at the base of Dylan Klein’s skull, a devastating diagnosis that immediately turned the boy’s life upside down.

The 10-year-old student at Main Dunstable Elementary School was rushed into emergency surgery in early 2016 after being diagnosed with medulloblastoma.

“It was the size of a golf ball,” Erin Klein, Dylan’s mother, said of the tumor. “They were able to remove the whole thing.”

But that was just the start of Dylan’s medical needs — a long journey that led him to the Nashua Police Department on Monday for a unique event designed to help his family through this difficult time.

Dylan was presented with a special gift to help ease some of the financial burden associated with his illness. Cops for Kids with Cancer, in alliance with the local police force, presented Dylan and his mother with a $5,000 check to help with expenses.

Nashua police heard about Dylan’s illness through social media outlets earlier this year. Inspired by his story, Nashua police completed an application process with Cops for Kids with Cancer, a volunteer organization that raises money for sick children and their families to help pay for travel expenses, parking, everyday living expenses and other finances.

Erin Klein said the donation will be used to help pay the family’s rent and continue to keep a roof over the heads of her three sons.

“It is crazy the burden that is put on these families — it is overwhelming sometimes,” said Miller Thomas with Cops for Kids with Cancer.

After working with the Boston Police Department’s homicide unit for 12 years, Thomas says it is nice to be able to reward families that need assistance in nursing their children back to health.

Cancer can break families apart by forcing a parent to quit their job or cut back on work hours, according to Thomas, adding Cops for Kids with Cancer is there to help bridge the financial gap.

The organization has distributed about $2.5 million since its inception, handing out about $30,000 each month to children battling cancer.

Since Dylan’s surgery, he has undergone extensive radiation and chemotherapy. When asked how he was feeling on Monday, Dylan simply stated, “Very good.”

The youngster is back to playing basketball and baseball with his two brothers, but admits it has been a scary few months as he struggled with hearing and balance issues. He just finished physical therapy treatment to help keep him mobile and active, but is now dealing with a new thyroid problem.

The Nashua Police Department welcomed Dylan with open arms on Monday, giving his family a tour of the facility, complete with a canine demonstration, bomb robot demonstration, visit to the shooting range and an opportunity to look inside several police vehicles.

“It is truly our pleasure,” said Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie, adding the Nashua police force was proud to connect Dylan with the Cops for Kids with Cancer organization.

khoughton@newstote.com


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