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Twelve Year Old Cancer Survivor to be "Sheriff For a Day"

(Yaphank, NY) Douglas Grimmett, a 12-year-old cancer survivor from Eastport, NY, and son of NYPD Scuba Sergeant Adam Grimmett, will become “Suffolk County Sheriff For A Day” in a ceremony with Suffolk County Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr., who is also a two-time cancer survivor. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 24th, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, located at 100 Center Drive in Riverhead, NY.

Douglas will participate in a series of activities with members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, including a ride along in a patrol car, a visit in the land/sea marine unit and a walk around with the K-9 unit. Douglas and his 10-year-old brother, Ben, will also receive a shirt and honorary badge for the occasion.

Douglas was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in May 2013 and underwent successful chemotherapy treatment. His last chemotherapy was in 2016 and he has been deemed “cancer free” by doctors.

The dream-come-true experience comes during Blood Cancer Awareness Month (September) and is being made possible by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, located in Melville, NY, as part of their “Random Acts of Light” Program. Douglas was chosen as the annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Boy of the Year” in 2015, which honors children whose cancer journey has been inspiring to others. Douglas and his family also intend to participate in the annual LLS “Light The Night” walk in October 2019 in Eisenhower Park.

Douglas and his family, Sheriff Toulon, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society representatives will be available for interviews, photos and video ops of Douglas with the Sheriff’s K-9 dog and while riding in the Sheriff’s patrol car. Follow LLS on Facebook & Instagram.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 24 @ 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

LOCATION: 100 Center Drive, Riverhead, NY


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