The motorcycle ride and country music concert benefitting a Keller police officer’s son who has brain tumors raised money for the boy’s family on Saturday.
The benefit followed the annual Public Safety Fall Festival at the Lions Club in Keller.
Officer Stephen Grossman’s 4-year-old son, Jaxson, has Neurofibromatosis 1 and is in his third of 14 months of chemotherapy, said Grossman, a traffic officer. Spokes 4 Hope and Adam Smith’s Texas Harley partnered with the Keller Police Department for the event.
Grossman’s wife, Colette, said she noticed what looked like birthmarks on Jaxson’s body when he was about 3 months old, and he later was diagnosed with NF1, a genetic disaease that doesn’t run in Stephen or Colette’s families, but was a spontaneous mutation, Stephen said. Doctors found non-cancerous tumors, Grossman said, but they were growing, and doctors are “trying to be real aggressive” with treatment.
Colette Grossman said it’s frustrating because she and her husband “feel helpless” as Jaxson fights the disease. She said they felt “very alone and very scared” after their son’s diagnosis, because not many people had heard of NF1, but that “all the caring” from the community “has helped so much.”
“With all these cheerleaders, it makes me feel like we can do this,” Colette said.
Stephen Grossman said he was “at a loss for words” at the support they’ve received.
“It’s humbling when somebody wants to help you like that,” he said of the upcoming event.
Jaxson’s parents said they’re grateful for how the benefit will help with Jaxson’s medical bills, which he’ll have for the rest of his life. They also are glad to spread awareness about the rare disease that affects about 1 in 3,000 children, Colette said.
“This event will bring awareness to the Children’s Tumor Foundation,” Colette said. “Not too many people know about it.”