Groveland Police Collect Gift Cards for 8-Year-Old Cancer Victim

Connor Durkee as he appears in a GoFundMe campaign at gofundme.com.

Public safety officials in the town of Groveland are working to help the family of a local boy who is battling a rare form of cancer this holiday season.

The Groveland Police Department is collecting gift cards for 8-year-old Connor Durkee, a third grader at the Bagnall Elementary School, according to Groveland Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen. Durkee was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in July. He lives with his parents and little brother. Saturday, public safety officials, including the Groveland Fire Department, decorated the Durkee home with Christmas lights “to ensure their residence is the brightest on the block.”

“Let's help make this the best holiday season for Connor Durkee and his family," Gillen said. "Any donation, small or large, will help. We hope the community will assist us in supporting these residents in need.”

Following his diagnosis, a close group of family friends formed “ConArmy” to assist Durkee and his family during treatment. Groveland Police are working with ConArmy by collecting gift cards for the family.

Residents can bring gift cards from any local retail store (grocery, pharmacy, gas station, etc.) to the Groveland police station, 181 Main St., Groveland, until Dec. 24. Donations ranging from $5 to $25 will be accepted.

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