It all started in August of 1987, when Jim Seneca, two weeks into his training at the police academy in Buffalo, New York, was diagnosed with leukemia. Just 26 years old at the time, Jim was devastated. He underwent six grueling months of chemotherapy as he battled cancer. This strong, 220 lb man was reduced to a frail figure weighing in at 165 lbs. Those six months were the hardest of his life. The violent spells of vomiting, losing all of his hair, and the endless doubt took their toll on Jim – to the point of wanting to give up.
“At one point I thought it was just too difficult, and I thought that I would rather die,” says Jim.
It was the support of family and friends that gave Jim the strength to make it through. They pushed him to keep striving forward, to keep fighting. Because of them, Jim made it.
After that experience, Officer Seneca made a promise to himself. He vowed that he would be there to help others fighting the battle with cancer. It was out of Jim’s desire to provide Hope, Compassion and Support that Cops Fighting Cancer was born.
Today, Jim is an officer with the Aurora, Colorado police department. And, Cops Fighting Cancer has helped Colorado cancer patients and families for over 7 years.
“It’s just simple compassion. I was spared so I could help these families.” Hope, Compassion, Support has become Officer James Seneca’s life mission.