You may have heard the name Andrew Masse before.  He's a little boy who is near and dear to many people in Western New York.  And now, two police departments are stepping up to help others like him.

Where have you heard his name?

You may remember him from our Taste of Country Concert in 2015.  Dierks Bentley was our headliner that year and Andrew was a HUGE fan.  You see, Andrew used to listen to Dierks' song "I Hold On" while he was on his way to get chemo.  Andrew had a very aggressive form of brain cancer.  But before that show, Andrew had gotten the "all clear" from his doctors.  So when he came to the show, he proudly held a sign that said, "I Held On."  It really was a cool moment to see him backstage with Dierks as he autographed his sign.  It was even cooler to see Dierks pull him on stage during the show. may remember him from this moment when he challenged the Evans Police Department to take part in a lip sync challenge.

He has certainly left his mark.  He was the kind of person who grabbed people's attention and never let it go.

(Brett Alan)
(Brett Alan)

Unfortunately Andrew lost his battle just before Christmas and died peacefully in his home with his parents and family by his side.

He was named an honorary police officer with the Buffalo Police Department and the Evans Police department. He also received a badge from Hamburg Police and was sworn in as an honorary Erie County Deputy.  They backed up their support of Andrew after he passed with a full police funeral complete with police escort and honor guard.

And now, they're stepping up again in honor of Andrew with a charity hockey game between the Evans Police Department and the Hamburg Police Department.  The proceeds will go to The Care Project - A non-profit organization that was created by the Masse family to help other families who are dealing with long-term medical care.

Put it on your calendars for March 31st at the Nike Base in Hamburg.

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