MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The coronavirus pandemic has pressured closures and cancellations of largely all the things in our lives and that features fundraisers. However that isn’t stopping one Metropolis of Miami Police Officer who’s pedaling for a objective.

September is Childhood Most cancers Consciousness Month and for years cops and first responders have been hitting the highway on their bikes driving a whole lot of miles in honor a really particular little woman. Bella Rodriguez-Torres, who misplaced her battle to most cancers in 2013 when she was solely 10 years previous.

Sadly, like all the things else, the pandemic pressured them to cancel this yr’s bike trip the place they elevate consciousness and help the Live Like Bella Foundation and their mission to finish childhood most cancers.

Nonetheless, Joe McCrink a Metropolis of Miami Police Officer will not be letting the coronavirus get in the way in which of his purpose.

“My purpose is to trip 1,000 miles the month of September. 1,000 is my purpose to lift $15,000,” defined McCrink to CBS4 Information.

“I’ve been a police officer for 23 years and I’ve by no means seen the group, younger individuals so upset with what’s occurring on the earth with policing.  There are a whole lot of good cops on the market that care about their group and I needed to do one thing the place I might give again to my group and one thing that impacts everybody. It doesn’t matter how previous you’re, black or white, it impacts everybody,” mentioned McCrink.

In years previous, officers have ridden in a bunch to Key West and Orlando for Bella, whose unstoppable perspective impressed the bike trip.

Bella Rodriguez-Torres (Supply: Raymond Rodriguez-Torres)

However this yr because of the circumstances, Officer McCrink is driving alone and believes whereas we’re all nonetheless socially distant, we are able to nonetheless do our half to Dwell Like Bella and assist put an finish to childhood most cancers.

“We’re upset we are able to’t go to a film or giant gatherings and soccer video games however what concerning the kids that want most cancers remedy and might’t get it or it will get pushed again or delayed.  Stuff like that fills my head once I trip,” he defined.

Sadly, this yr’s Bella’s Ball has additionally been canceled, however they’re asking all Bella Believers to hitch their first ever digital “Get energetic for teenagers with most cancers” occasion on September 26.

For extra info on tips on how to register, go to the Live Like Bella website.

You may also help Officer McCrink’s fundraising effort by clicking here.


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