HPD lieutenant’s wife and the mother of leukemia victim asks support to earn title as leading fundraiser to fight the disease

Tom Kennedy

The wife of an HPD lieutenant, a devoted fundraiser for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma, got out the word for help in her effort to raise enough funds to  enable her to be accorded national recognition.

The message conveyed by Erin Cones, wife of Lt. Kyle  Cones, was not inspired by personal glory but by the ongoing fight by the couple’s son, Crew, against leukemia, the blood disease he has suffered from for more than half of his five years.

Since Crew’s battle began, Mrs. Cones has been a strident volunteer and dedicated solider in every fight for greater awareness and the emphasis toward finding effective treatment. As such, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in The Woodlands has nominated her to be the society’s national Woman of the Year.

Cones explained that the resulting campaign entails raising  the most money among the other nominees. Her goal is $150,000. But she emphasized that she can’t do it alone and asked for the support of the HPD Blue family members. She said, frankly, that she is not a high-society wine-and-cheese fundraiser type; rather, she knows the effectiveness of the HPD family when it comes together for a fight like the one being waged against leukemia.

She explained:

“Man and Woman of the Year is a philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research across communities throughout the United States.

“The man and woman who have raised the most funds during the ten-week campaign are awarded the title of Man or Woman of the Year in their community. The man and woman who have raised the most across the entire United States will be recognized as the national Man and Woman of the Year.

“I’m not a socialite drinking rose’ with a pinky in the air type, I’m more like a social thug (based on music choice, not activity) and I want to show these other women what this girl is made of.”

Her reason for going the extra mile in the fundraising effort is to help ease the pains for those with a son like Crew by winning the fight against the dreaded blood disease. Currently Crew is about seven months away from completing a 1,228-day treatment plan on or about Nov. 11.

“For me personally, this nomination is about a victory,” Cones said. “Our son, Crew, will ring the bell on Veteran’s Day this year. I can’t think of anything better to preface his 1,228-day conquest over blood cancer than this title.”

The 10-weel fundraising period ends June 1. Cones requested small individual donations or the purchase of BattleCrew T-shirts,d hats, wrist bands and workout tanks from the website known as crewsmomforthewin.com.

Cones urged those who made purchases from the website not to pay shipping costs but to chose to pick up the gear. She said she will arrange for HPD family members to pick up the gear they order at convenient HPD locations. She promised to be announcing times and locations, probably on the website at an appropriate time.

Crew was diagnosed with leukemia when he turned two and a half. He has now spent more than that amount of time undergoing treatment. He will enter kindergarten in the fall.

“I am happy to report that our son is doing great and that he now has a six month old sister, Kastyn,” the proud mom reported. “Crew is still undergoing treatment, but the light is getting closer at the end of the tunnel.”

She said the Cones family will never forget the heartfelt generosity of the HPD family who participated in the most successful fundraiser in HPD history right after the initial diagnosis more than two years ago.

The fundraiser at HPOU raised more than $150,000 to help the family defray the huge medical expenses it encountered. “We remain eternally grateful,” Erin Cones said. “That day was one of the best days we’ve had since our son was diagnosed.”

Lt. Cones is an 18-year HPD veteran now working with the Special Investigations Unit at 1200 Travis.

The lieutenant’s wife told the Badge & Gun, “I’ve seen a lot of humane things officers do. There are great things officers can do when they rally together. This would be an awesome title for my son – just to do something cool with the HPD community.”