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Richard Aiden (RJ) Sy (center) with officers of the New York Police Department. RJ passed away on Aug. 30.  (Facebook photo)


Beloved by community, police force


Five-year-old Bergenfield, N.J. boy Richard Aiden (fondly called RJ) Sy died Tuesday after a battle with Stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma, which was first diagnosed in September 2014.

RJ is the son of Richard and Cheely Sy.

RJ’s story touched many not only in the Filipino-American community but in the Police Departments from the NYPD and Bergen County, specifically the little boy’s hometown of Bergenfield, Cresskill, Northvale, Alpine, Englewood Cliffs, Demarest, Norwood, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and Palisades Interstate Parkway Police, Teaneck, Harrington Park, Tenafly, Dumont and Closter.

Dozens of officers went the extra mile conducting a cop caravan in front of RJ’s home on Aug. 18 with their lights flashing — granting the boy’s wish (to have a police car with a couple of officers swing by the house sometime).

During Pope Francis’ historic visit to New York, RJ received a swift blessing at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 25, 2015.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that not too many can say they had the experience of being in the presence of the Pope, let alone touched.

According to Wikipedia, neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial solid cancer in childhood and the most common cancer in infancy, with an incidence of about 650 cases per year in the United States.

Furthermore, neuroblastoma is one of the few human malignancies known to demonstrate spontaneous regression from an undifferentiated state to a completely benign cellular appearance.

Cheely Ann Sy wrote: “Our miracle went home to Heaven, where there’s no more pain, no medicine, no more suffering. My little RJ went home to the arms of God.”

RJ’s viewing will be held at the Barrett Funeral Home in Tenafly, N.J. on Friday, Sept. 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m; and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Funeral will be on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Mass starts at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tenafly.

Burial will follow at Brookside, Cemetery in Englewood, N.J.

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