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Hometown Heroes Come to Marvin!
Police motorcycles and patrol cars delivered some very special students to schools in Friday morning.
The police escorts were part of the "Big Kids Helping Little Kids" event, organized by the local nonprofit group Hometown Heroes.
The group works to take some of the burden off of families who have children battling serious and life-threatening illnesses.
Adam Tanksley is a first-grader at Marvin Elementary. Battling kidney cancer, Adam spent 310 nights in the hospital in 2008. His mother says it's the normal things that mean so much now.
"For him to be going to school now like the rest of the kids and enjoying the fun stuff and not having to worry with the burdens of chemotherapy and the radiation and all that these kids deal with during their treatment," said Sharon Tanksley.
Hometown Heroes organized Friday's event, giving financial help to the families and giving each student a special police escort to school.
"These wonderful people from Hometown Heroes -- they have been an absolute tremendous support for our family throughout all of our treatment, and we are just so grateful," said Tanksley.
"Anything we can do to brighten their day is something we want to try and do," Bailey said.
Hometown Heroes helps children and families in both Mecklenburg and Union counties. For more information on the organization, visit http://www.hometownheroesonline.org/heroes/
Written by: News Channel 36 Staff
Posted: Sep 20, 2010 by Marni Menkin