In addition to the daily challenges he confronts as being a cop, United States Capitol Police Officer J. J. Paulin faces another personal challenge of a monumental nature. His eight-year-old son, Hunter, was born with 16 heart defects and has Shones Complex—a rare syndrome that comprises four severe heart defects that prevent the blood from entering and exiting his heart. The most severe of the defects is the Mitral Valve. His young son takes blood thinners daily that present additional health challenges for the boy. In his eight years of life, Hunter has undergone nine surgeries.
He is scheduled for additional surgery on April 27, 2011 at Boston Children’s Hospital. Described as a social and energetic little boy, he is also very brave. His father, Officer Paulin, is known by his colleagues and friends to be willing to help anyone at anytime. His wife, Wendy, is a full time mom who takes care of Hunter at their Maryland home. The U. S. Capitol Police officers are donating their leave and trying to raise money to help this family through their difficult times that are also accompanied by financial struggles.
Though everyone around the nation is dealing with tough economic times, this family needs help. Hunter, too, needs all the emotional support he can get. Knowing that others are willing to help his family during the medical ordeals he must endure would be comforting to him and would aid his family in dealing with the stressful situation.
Across the country and around the world, if everyone in the law enforcement community and criminal justice family could make a concerted effort to find a way to reach into their pockets and send a donation to this family, the gift would be deeply appreciated. The unwavering tenacity of this brave little boy, who has already undergone so much, speaks volumes. Both he and his family are most deserving of the generosity and kindness that everyone can selflessly offer. Putting a smile on Hunter’s face and a sigh of relief on his parent’s shoulders is a load that can be lightened by us all.
Donations can be sent to:
Hunter’s Heart Fund
c/o PNC Bank
27 Potomac Avenue
Indian Head, MD 20640
***Karen L. Bune is employed as a Victim Specialist in the domestic violence unit of the State’s Attorney’s Office for Prince George’s County, Maryland. She serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, where she teaches victimology. Ms. Bune is a consultant for the Training and Technical Assistance Center for the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U. S. Department of Justice. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on victim issues. Ms. Bune is Board Certified in Traumatic Stress and Domestic Violence, and she is a Fellow of The Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management. She is a 2009 inductee in the Wakefield High School (Arlington, Va.) Hall of Fame. She received the “Chief’s Award 2009” from the Prince George’s County Maryland Police Chief. She received a 2011 Recognition of Service from Prince George’s County MD County Executive Rushern Baker acknowledging her dedication, tenacity and passion for serving the people of Prince George’s County. Ms. Bune appears in the 2011 editions of Marquis’ “Who’s Who in the World, and Marquis' Who’s Who of American Women.