Police officer gives back to sick kids after death
A Winooski police officer is helping kids with cancer even after his death.
Mike Cram died of prostate cancer last December. His family used $50,000 of his life insurance policy to create the 919 Foundation; 919 was Mike's call number. The foundation helps kids with cancer and it made its first donation to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta Thursday. That's a summer camp for kids who have or had cancer. The foundation gave the camp $15,000.
“When they walk through the gates or drive through the gates at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta they check that cancer and leave that behind and are embraced in song and love and hugs and celebration and really feel normal feel like they can find someone who gets it," said Lindsay Longe, of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.
"He really wanted them to have a fun filled week just being kids, not being kids with cancer, swimming and hiking and boating and that is what's important to Mike. He'd be very happy right now," said Pat Cram, Mike’s wife.
The foundation plans to make annual donations to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. After Mike's death, the Winooski Police Department retired his call number.