PHILADELPHIA - Friday night brought perfect weather for an outdoor party in Old City, but it was a party family and friends of a Philadelphia police officer wish they didn't have to have.
Wearing their customary leather jackets, members of the Philadelphia Highway Patrol marched on foot in a show of solidarity during the fundraiser for Officer Andy Chan.
The highway patrolman is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury he suffered when his patrol motorcycle was hit by a motorist in Northeast Philadelphia nearly three years ago.
Families Behind the Badge Children's Foundation hosted a fundraiser to help Chan's family with what will be years of medical expenses.
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"Andy is going through it, I am not going to lie. It’s really hard for him and he keeps fighting. He’s a warrior," explained Teng Chan, Andy's wife.
Friday's turnout was a testament to how many people Chan has touched through his life and his career.
Officer Andy Chan
His wife says Andy still has years of intense medical care ahead of him, and his police family says they’ll be there for him as long as it takes.
"The entire police department wants Andy and his family to know that the entire family, and that includes FOP Lodge 5, will be here to make sure there will be no unmet needs for Andy and his family for perpetuity," explained Joe Sullivan of Families Behind The Badge.
The Families Behind the Badge Foundation awarded grants to nearly 50 charities in the Philadelphia area last year.