An Albuquerque Police officer whose young daughter beat Leukemia, is now helping another officer through the same battle.
“Relief. Really happy,” Officer Ladio Canales said.
It’s been a while since the veteran has been able to say those words.
Last year, his teenage daughter was diagnosed with leukemia.
“Treatment went well and she’s a thriving young beautiful woman right now,” he said.
Just as Canales’ family was putting the pain of the experience behind them, he saw that another family’s hurt was just beginning.
“I know this family has an uphill road in front of them and a ton of darkness,” Officer Canales said.
KRQE News 13 introduced you to the the Heady family on Friday. Anthony Heady is an officer with Artesia police. His 6-year-old son was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
“If there’s one thing that that story that you guys aired made clear to me, is that I heard them and I heard them loud and clear, and I want this to get back to them in the same fashion,” Officer Canales said.
So he went from store to store and in three days he’s collected more than $1,500 in gift cards. He also spoke with Officer Heady for the first time Monday.
“I could tell that he had gone through something similar or was going through something similar and knew exactly how I was feeling,” Officer Heady said.
Canales stressed that this isn’t a story about two police officers sharing the same battle, but about two fathers bonded by the love of their children.
“The impression that I was left with is that I made a pretty good friend here, and he and I will have a lot of stories to share,” Officer Canales said.
There are many ways to help the Heady family, including a GoFundMe page. People are also welcome to drop donations off at the Northwest Albuquerque police substation.