Texas girl, 6, with terminal cancer gets wish to be police chief, swears to fight the 'bad guys in her lungs'
The girl had always wished to become a police officer but the deadly disease has given her little time to live out her wishes
Abigail Rose Arias, from Freeport in Texas, has proven that cancer cannot stand between her and her dream of becoming an honorary police officer. The six-year-old is known to suffer from a type of cancer, known as Willms tumor, which is quite common for children in between the age group of seven and nine.
The cancer is known to affect only one kidney of the patient but, in the case of children, the tumors can occur in more than one place in the same kidney. About five to ten percent of children with Wilms tumors have bilateral disease (tumors in both kidneys).
Abigail's swearing-in ceremony at the Freeport Police Department mostly saw her battling the disease with some brave words.
A meeting with Raymond Garivey Jr, Freeport Police Chief, at a 'Pancakes with Santa' event was where this six-year-old first talked about her dream. She told him about the disease and how much she had wished to become a police officer one day when she grows up. Garivey immediately took it upon himself to help her fulfill her dream. He contacted a company named Cop Stop to make the six-year-old her very first customized uniform.
Garivey told CNN, "The chemo and radiation haven't worked and basically the family is now leaving it in God's hands and praying for a miracle. Her terrific smile and will to keep fighting 'the bad guys' inside of her — I wanted to make her dream come true. You have to meet her to really understand what a great and inspiring young lady she is. She is no doubt God-send. Her story brought peace officers from all over today into one room and it was a magical moment for all who were in attendance."
As for Abigail, she took the center stage and swore to fight the battle within her. "I have cancer. The bad guys are in my lungs. I rung the bell, but now this cancer is coming back."
She also said, "I promise to be kind to others. I promise to help others when they need help." Abigail's mother, Ilene Arias, told CNN, "They basically said it's time to enjoy some life. Extremely tough. We cried for a few weeks." Her father, Ruben Arias, also added, "To go through this and to realize that there is nothing you can do for your kid, as a parent, it was tough. It was very tough on us." Abigail was sworn in on February 7, surrounded by loved ones and officers from several different agencies around Texas.