Danicka Lacey Fike (Photo: Brick Twp. Police)
Danicka Lacey Fike (Photo: Brick Twp. Police)

Brick Township police officers will square off against the Brick Township High School football team in a friendly game of basketball Friday night to benefit the family of a 3-year-old Brick girl who has been diagnosed with a rare cancer.

The annual Helping Hands basketball game is usually a sell-out event. Friday’s game will be the 26th event organized by the Policemen’s Benevolent Association.

The beneficiary this year will be the family of Danicka Lacey Fike, who are currently dealing with thousands of dollars in medical debt. Danicka has been diagnosed with a rare form of Melanoma.

“She is a fun and upbeat child who is not aware that she is even sick,” the police department said in an announcement about the game. “Her family has incurred enormous expenses due to her medical treatments.”

Danicka is currently taking a medication which costs the family thousands of dollars a month – because it is considered experimental, it is not covered by medical insurance. Making matters worse, her mother is unable work since she has to take Danicka on weekly trips to Philadelphia and monthly trips to Texas for medical treatments.

“As you can imagine, they have a substantial amount of medical debt that continues to increase with each passing day,” the announcement said. “We would like to extend a helping hand to Danicka and the Fike family.”

The game will be held at the Brick Township High School East Gym on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. The cost is $3 per adult and $2 per student. Seating is limited, so arrive early.

Additionally, the P.B.A. has asked residents and local businesses to “dig deep into your hearts and show your generosity” by contributing in any way possible. Donations can be sent to the PBA Local 230, P.O. Box 1067, Brick, NJ 08723, c/o Officer John Turrin. Checks can be made payable to the “Helping Hands Fund.”

“As seen at our past games, the Brick Township community never fails to show their unwavering support,” the announcement said. “We would love for you to join us in lending a “Helping Hand” to the family of Danicka Lacey Fike.”