Margate, Longport police grant Tyler's wish

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Margate and Longport police officers send birthday wishes to Tyler Seddon of Pascoag, RI, who is waiting for a bone marrow transplant. Margate and Longport police officers send birthday wishes to Tyler Seddon of Pascoag, RI, who is waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

Police officers in Margate City and the Borough of Longport gathered on the steps of the Margate City Police Department Thursday, Feb. 27 to grant birthday wishes for a soon to be 7-year-old Rhode Island boy.

Tyler Seddon of Pascoag, R.I., who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for a second time, told his mother that all he wanted for his birthday this year is for his favorite heroes – first responders, firefighters and police officers – to send him cards. His birthday is on March 6.

“Margate and Longport police wanted to go a step further to make this a special birthday for him,” Margate Detective Joe Scullion said.

He made arrangements for officers from the two departments to meet at 10 a.m. to take a picture they will send along with signed birthday cards and departmental memorabilia, Scullion said.

Tyler was first diagnosed when he was 3, and after several rounds of chemotherapy was declared cancer-free in August 2012. He relapsed in November and currently is undergoing chemotherapy. His doctors are looking for a bone marrow match.

Tyler’s family has set up a Facebook page, Tyler’s Troops, to keep people informed about his progress, and a GoFundMe page to raise donations. Bone marrow donors can visit www.bethematch.org.

Birthday cards can be sent to Tyler Seddon, 96 S. Main St., Pascoag, RI 02859.


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