WOODBURY — Last week, Woodbury Police Officer John Covello issued a call for back-up for a fellow officer and the entire community responded, donating more than $56,000 as of January 10 through the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.
Officer Covello started the GoFundMe page for Mark Defeo, a Woodbury police officer and a retired state trooper, who was recently diagnosed with a cancer that requires immediate medical intervention.
According to the GoFundMe page, Officer Defeo is being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was scheduled to have bone marrow extracted and have a port installed on Monday, January 13, and begin chemotherapy treatment Wednesday, January 15.
In order to receive treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Officer Defeo had to agree to remain in New York City at a local hotel several days a week for the next two months.
“The expense of that is no longer a concern, thanks to the generosity of several hundred of you,” said Officer Covello in a GoFundMe update.
More than $42,000 was raised in the first 24 hours of the campaign. As of Monday, January 13, 588 individual donations had been received, most in amounts like $25, $50, $100 and $200, totaling $60,971 by mid afternoon.
“If you know Mark, he is the guy that is always willing to help others, and never complains,” said Officer Covello in his original posting.ß
Those wishing to support Officer Defeo and his family may do so by visiting GoFundMe.com and entering Mark Defeo in the search box.