National Guardsman, dying of cancer, spent insurance money to help kids with cancer – WCAX

A truly heroic Vermonter has been honored by the 14th Star Brewery. Before his death, likely from service-related ‘burn-pit’ prostate cancer, Sgt. Mark Cram, in civilian life a Winooski police officer, and wife Pat did something special with proceeds from an insurance policy. They created a fund to benefit Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta, a camp for children with cancer. In his honor, the Vermont brewery has named a can after him – it’s called Tribute, and it bears his WPD badge number, 919.

"The brewery created 960 new cans for the tribute. All of the proceeds will go to the 919 Foundation, which is an organization Cram and his wife, Pat, started just months before he died in December 2017. Pat says they used the money from his insurance policy with the Winooski Police to create the foundation, which supports children battling cancer by helping them attend Camp Ta-Kum-Ta for a week.

"It gave him such life, the last couple of months that he was living, to know that he was going to in some small way support these kids and to be able to give them that week at camp, just being a child and playing and not be that child with cancer," Pat Cram said."

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