10-year-old who befriended Lorain officer loses battle with cancer

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LORAIN, Ohio-- A 10-year-old boy who made friends with a Lorain police officer lost his battle with cancer.

Josue Massas passed away Wednesday night, according to Lorain Councilman Angel Arroyo. The boy was diagnosed with cancer at age 4. It went into remission, but later came back as neuroblastoma.

Josue met Officer Jesse Perkins during a recent stay at the hospital. The cop was walking by the boy's room and heard his cries, so he ran to Walmart to buy him a present. Since their meeting, the two became close and Perkins even arranged for a police escort for Josue's final ride home from Cleveland to Lorain.

Perkins and Arroyo promised to help the family. "It's above a badge," Arroyo said. "Above an elected title. It's brought a community together."

They said they are still short of the goal to pay for final expenses.

“We don’t want the family to have to worry about expenses,” Arroyo said.  “We need about $1,200 more,” Arroyo noted.

Anyone interested in helping the family can drop off a donation at the Lorain Police Department or donate via a GoFundMe account set up by the Lorain Fraternal Order of Police. You can donate here.