Nashoba Valley Police Chief David Scott appears on Jimmy Fund radio telethon to raise awareness

Jermaine Wiggins, Karen and Pepperell Police Chief David Scott, Courtney Cox and Greg Hill during the 19th NESN/WEEI Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon. (Photo courtesy Pepperell Police)
Jermaine Wiggins, Karen and Pepperell Police Chief David Scott, Courtney Cox and Greg Hill during the 19th NESN/WEEI Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon. (Photo courtesy Pepperell Police)

PEPPERELL — If you were listening to the radio one day late last month, you may have heard Police Chief David Scott’s appearance on the 19th WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.

On the second morning of the radio-telethon, Scott joined the “Greg Hill Show” to discuss his fight against stage 4 colon cancer. In March, the Nashoba Valley Voice shared the news as Scott brought his diagnosis into the public eye for the first time.

Scott told the Valley Voice he was asked to participate in the radio-telethon by Jimmy Fund Walk Associate Director Jessica Hogan.

“I’ve done the walk multiple times. The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police have a team every year, raising over $2 million over the last 24 years,” Scott said. “The telethon mixes in patients as guests along with sports figures and other celebrities. Jessica asked if I’d be interested in going on the telethon and of course, I agreed. Anything I can do to help raise awareness and/or money for the Jimmy Fund, I’ll do it if I can!”

Last year the Jimmy Fund Walk went virtual, however, Scott and some other area chiefs walked together along the Nashua River Rail Trail.

With this year’s annual Jimmy Fund Walk going virtual once again, area police chiefs are planning to come to Pepperell once again. He said everyone is invited to join on Oct. 3 and anyone interested should plan to arrive at Town Field on Hollis Street by 10 a.m.

“After I was diagnosed​, Chief Bob Bongiorno from Bedford and Chief Jim Hicks from Natick organized a group of chiefs to come to Pepperell for the walk this year,” Scott said. “Officer (Justin) Zink has been working with them and apparently there’s going to be food and music on the town field before and after the walk.

Although Scott’s appearance on the radio-telethon was lighthearted, his message was clear: it’s important to take cancer screenings, including a colonoscopy, seriously.

Scott told the hosts he is continuing to receive treatments at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Londonderry, N.H. Throughout his treatments, Scott has remained on the job and received support from the local community.

Pepperell Chief of Police David Scott spoke with hosts of the Greg Hill Show during the 19th NESN/WEEI Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Scott spoke about his battle against stage-four colon cancer the work his sons and others have done to call attention to his fight via Team 14. (Photo courtesy Pepperell Police)”Work provides me with a sense of normalcy but it also provides me with a tremendous amount of support,” said Scott during his appearance. “Officer Justin Zink was the one who started Team 14 and he hooked up with my son Brian and took it to all sorts of levels I never thought it would go to.”

Team 14 was launched to raise money for Scott’s fight against colon cancer. The group is raising money by selling T-shirts and all proceeds go toward Scott’s Jimmy Fund walk this fall. Before his diagnosis, Scott said he was a longtime supporter of the Jimmy Fund’s mission.

Scott expanded for the Valley Voice, saying it was Zink who designed the Team 14 logo, while other coworkers decided to do a T-shirt fundraiser for his Jimmy Fund Walk.

“People have been so amazingly supportive. We’ve sold hundreds and hundreds of Team 14 shirts. So far my walk page has raised over $40,000, with more than half of that coming from the Team 14 shirt sales,” Scott said. “My youngest son Brian, and friend Kristen Kineen of Groton have been handling the social media for Team 14, posting pictures of friends and family wearing their Team 14 shirts, with some celebrities mixed in. My other son, Adam, is running the Boston Marathon in October for Dana Farber in my honor, and he has raised additional thousands of dollars as well.”

During Scott’s appearance, Hill said former Red Sox player Will Middlebrooks and his wife former NESN Red Sox reporter Jenny Dell had been seen wearing the Team 14 shirts.

As for how he’s feeling, Scott told the hosts:

“I feel sick Thursday and Friday but I go to work and if I have to leave early, I leave early. Usually, by the following Monday, I’m somewhat back to normal and we have a good week in-between and we do it all over again.”