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Cancer survivor thanks NYPD cops who escorted her through Midtown traffic so she could make chemo appointment

2019-09-29

A cancer survivor praised two Midtown cops for escorting her and her mom through rush-hour traffic so they could make a life-saving chemo appointment — a stunning service she said “will touch us forever.”

Gabriela DeMassi said she and her mother were trying to get to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Thursday around 9 a.m. but got stuck in traffic near W. 57th St. and 6th Ave. caused by the United Nations General Assembly conference. So they got out of their car to ask several cops for the fastest route.

“They told us to get back in (the car) and they would personally guide us through so we could bypass traffic,” DeMassi wrote in an Instagram post.

The officers walked alongside the vehicle, directing other cars to move aside so DeMassi could get through the gridlock, the woman said.

“Once we passed everything, (one of the officers) came to my window, gave me the biggest smile and said ... 'Keep up the good fight, never give up! You got this!” DeMassi said, adding that the cop gave her a high-five through the window.

“As he went to leave, he must have seen my mom get emotional and ran back to her window and grabbed her hand and said, ‘Ma’am, ma’am.... it’ll be okay!'” she said.

DeMassi was moved by the support but said she never got the officers’ names.

Some more positivity today! The cops started off my day wonderfully and following that, we learned today that the tumors/nodules in my lungs remain stable. They are still very small and even with just three treatments this time around, no growth! It’s still very early but happy to hear that! No growth is awesome. Time will tell and in the meantime I will continue to LIVE MAS!!! #fuckcancer #cancersucks #livingwithcancer #cancersurvivor #cancerfighter #lifewithcancer #gabbastrong #nevergiveup #3xthecharm

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“Angels truly come in all forms!” DeMassi wrote.

NYPD officials are hoping to reunite the group so DeMassi can thank the cops in person, police said.

“Thank you to (@)gdemass for posting this touching story on @instagram, showing the compassion of NY’s Finest. I’m sure we can help find the cop whose name you didn’t get at the time,” NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan wrote on Twitter Friday.

The three-time cancer survivor was on her way to the York Ave. and E. 68th St. cancer center for a chemotherapy appointment to beat back several tumors growing on her lungs.

After the visit, DeMassi had some more good news — the tumors had not gotten bigger.

“The cops started off my day wonderfully and following that, we learned today that the tumor/nodules in my lungs remain stable,” DeMassi wrote in a separate Instagram post. “It’s still very early but happy to hear that!

“In the meantime I will continue to LIVE MAS!!!"