OPERATION KIDS LIFE SAVING OPERATIONS: JOSEPH HOPKINS MEDICAL FUND

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In 2006, the NPDF established a medical fund for two-year old Joseph Hopkins, the son of NYPD Homicide Detective Michael Hopkins, who was suffering from a rare disease, “Tuberous Sclerosis”. Little Joseph was partially blind due to several tumors near his brain. The medical claims were being denied by his HMO as being “experimental”, forcing the family into bankruptcy. The NPDF publicized the plight of the boy with the local media and did several fundraisers one of which was hosted by the stars of the HBO Series, “The Sopranos”. The positive media publicity and the NPDF’s fundraising efforts helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the family and prevented them from going into bankruptcy and avoid foreclosure on their home.