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City of Tonawanda police officers and Buffalo Bills alumni have raised almost $10,500 for the family of a 3-year-old Town of Tonawanda boy battling mitochondrial disease.

Ethan Ashcroft, the grandson of Tonawanda Police Detective Joseph Scarpena, was recently diagnosed with the chronic, incurable and rare illness.

The money raised will help to defray medical costs for genetic testing and to take Ethan to a specialist in Atlanta.

Buffalo Bills alumni – including Lou Picone, Mark Brammer, Ken Jones, Jeff Nixon and Bob Dugan – raised $3,300 recently at the Anchor Bar in Amherst, organizers said.

Ethan Ashcroft, age 3, on his first day of preschool in Tonawanda. (Provided photo)

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A city police “beards for bucks” campaign raised $7,700. Donations can be dropped off at Tonawanda City Hall or mailed to the police department at 200 Niagara St., Tonawanda, 14150.

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