New Haven Police
Little Riley DeCarvalho, the daughter of a New Haven police detective, has cancer and police are reaching out to raise money to help the family.
New Haven police are raising funds to help the 8-month-old daughter of a New Haven Police detective.
Little Riley DeCarvalho’s was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer. She is going through chemotherapy and there is a long road ahead for her and her parents, Detective Mark DeCarvalho and Megan DeCarvalho.
Doctors discovered that something was medically wrong when the family took Riley to the pediatrician for a routine check-up on April 12, 2013 and told Megan she needed to take her daughter to Yale-New Haven Hospital to have her abdomen examined.
Tests determined that Riley’s liver had expanded to nearly twice its normal size and the little girl had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer. It started in her adrenal gland, spread to her liver and tumors increased.
Riley went into both liver and kidney failure and spent nearly two weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit until her condition stabilized.
It was another month before Riley’s family was able to take her home. Following that, Riley has undergone half a dozen chemotherapy treatments in the last five months and weekly visits to Yale-New Haven Pediatric Oncology and treatment continues.
Megan, has been unable to work steadily and Detective DeCarvalho had to take an extended leave from his duties.
The New Haven Police Department “Signal 4,” or Officer Needs Assistance, Committee held a fundraiser last week, selling tickets for $20.
The committee is also accepting donations.
Those wishing to make a donation to the DeCarvalho family may send checks to:
New Haven Police Department
1 Union Avenue
New Haven, CT, 06519
Attn: Officer David Hartman