Retired police officers walk across Texas to raise money for cancer patients

May 13, 2011

Retired Tyler police officer Allan Crosby and his sister, Audrey Crosby Spies, a retired Bowling Green, Ky., and former Tyler police officer, walked across Texas this spring in memory of their sister and to raise money to help East Texas cancer patients.

They started their walk on April 1 on the Louisiana and Texas state line near Atlanta, Texas and walked 857 miles during April and part of May to El Paso. They made it to the state line of New Mexico on May 12. They chronicled their journey on their Facebook page under Cops Crushing Cancer.

The walk called “Cops Crushing Cancer,” is in memory of the Crosbys’ sister, Jacqueline Crosby Mazzola, a retired Dallas police officer, who died in 2010 of colon cancer. Mazzola told her family to look for change on the street as a sign that she was dropping pennies from heaven for them to help cancer patients.

All money raised from the walk will go to ETMC’s Cancer Institute Remembrance Fund. The fund, which is coordinated through the East Texas Medical Center Foundation, assists cancer patients and the community through patient support programs, such as retreats and support groups, cancer screenings, advancement of cancer programs and services and assistance to patients with special needs.

To make a donation by check, please send your tax-deductible gift to the ETMC Foundation, Cancer Institute Remembrance Fund, P. O. Box 6400, Tyler, TX 75711.