BERLIN — Local businesses are showing their support for Berlin Police Officer Aimee Krzykowski after her diagnosis with breast cancer.
“She’s done so much for our community and we just want to be able to help her,” said Lauren Zup, whose Drop Dyed Gorgeous, on Farmington Avenue, raised over $1,500 with a Cut-A-Thon event on Nov. 4. “I've had family members that were affected by breast cancer. I know it hits close to home.”
Normally closed on Sundays, Zup opened the salon just for the fundraiser and was surprised how many customers came in that day, including one man who got a pink mohawk. “We had people waiting outside for a haircut because they wanted to support her,” she said.
Krzykowski was able to attend the event and show her gratitude despite having her first round of chemotherapy just a few days prior.
“She was overwhelmed at how much we raised just for her,” Zup said. “It's amazing to see everyone come together for this one person.”
Deputy Police Chief Christopher Ciuci said support for Krzykowski, “starting here with the staff at Berlin Police, has been tremendous. Members of the community, members of our law enforcement family throughout the state, town residents, businesses… it’s really been overwhelming.”
Efforts to reach Krzykowski through the department were unsuccesful.
Berlin police are hosting a past dinner fundraiser on Nov. 29. Interest has been so strong, though, that they had to move it from the Bethany Covenant Church to Berlin High School.
Donations have already been coming in for a silent auction to be held during the dinner, with those interested in making contributions encouraged to reach out to Ciuci at 860-828-7086. Dirty Dog pet wash on Mill Street also announced that it will hold a Wash-A-Thon on Nov. 24, with 50 percent of the proceeds from self serve pet washes going to Krzykowski’s treatment.
Krzykowski was first diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago and a reccurance was discovered last summer, Ciuci said. She returned to work after surgery soon after the discovery, however is on leave while undergoing chemotherapy.
She has been with the department for 14 years and works with the canine and D.A.R.E. units.
“She’s a strong person, a dedicated officer. This is her family,” Ciuci said. “She's had out back on more than one occasion and now it's time for us to have her back.”
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