Riverhead Police public safety dispatcher Tanya Newman in January 2016 with her children Dylan, right, and Kelsey. File photo: Denise Civiletti

The Riverhead PBA is hosting a fundraiser this month at Duck Walk Vineyards to benefit the 14-year-old son of a Riverhead Police Department dispatcher who is battling cancer.

Dylan Newman, the son of Tanya and Todd Newman of Southold, has been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare childhood bone cancer. He has undergone major surgery and chemotherapy treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Dylan is a kid who’s “full of love and life,” friends said on a GoFundMe page established to help the family defray expenses as the child undergoes treatment. He loves sports, especially baseball. “Even though Dylan was thrown a curve ball, he is ‘In It To Win It’ with the support of family and friends,” they wrote.

“Dylan and his family thank all of you for your love, support and generosity,” GoFundMe organizer Nancy Maaiki wrote.

The “Team Dylan” fundraiser at Duck Walk will feature a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, music by Southbound, beer, Duck Walk wines and light fare from CJ’s American Grill. The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased from Charles Mauceri (631-484-1730), John Morris (631-478-5410), Charles Cichanowicz (631-918-2529) or Roman Wilinski (631-484-0161).

Donations to support the Newman family may also be made via GoFundMe.

Tanya Newman has been a Riverhead Police Department public safety dispatcher for 18 years. She was honored in 2016 for extraordinary service to the department.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.