The Hoquiam Police Department is collecting donations for 12-year-old Dylan Ellefson, of Montesano, who was chosen to be Chief for a Day for the Hoquiam Police Department this summer.
Ellefson is being treated for leukemia for the second time, after being cancer-free for seven years. Department officials hope to raise $1,000 to purchase items Ellefson can use during treatment, such as a laptop to do homework while he is in the hospital.
The event celebrates the lives of children diagnosed with life-threatening or chronic medical conditions.
“Dylan and his family will visit the police academy to forget about his illness — even if just for one day while he is chief,” Hoquiam Chief Jeff Myers said.
“The Hoquiam Police Department is partnering with other agencies and local businesses to provide gifts and support to Dylan and his family which will be presented on the day of the celebration,” Myers said. “Please help us make this day extra special.”
Donations can be sent to the Hoquiam Police Department at 215 10th St. in Hoquiam. Or, contact Myers at 360-532-0892 ext. 105, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Officer Phil High, ext. 289, email@example.com to learn about ways to help.
For more information on the program, visit www.facebook.com/chiefforaday.