Maine officers gave a 7-year-old boy VIP treatment last week, when they escorted him to his final chemo treatment — a dream come true for Liam Silveira, who always wanted to join the force, Fox News reported.
Doctors diagnosed Liam Silveira with high-grade glioma a year ago and said he would not make it past April, but the young boy has been fighting the odds ever since.
High-grade glioma is an aggressive disease that is difficult to treat. It accounts for 15 to 20 percent of all central nervous system tumors in children and the survival rate is poor, even with treatment, according to About Kids Health.
Liam Silveira’s mother, Devin Silveira, said her son understands his illness and knows what is going on.
“He knows his treatment. He knows the prognosis somewhat,” she told WABI-TV.
Despite this, Liam Silveira continues to fight his disease with hope of becoming a policeman one day and it was only fitting that he be escorted to his final chemotherapy treatment by a squad of Maine police officers.
“This little rapscallion has spent a few afternoons in our building hanging out with Officer Dan Gastia,” the Bangor Main Police Department posted on Facebook, along with a photo of Liam Silveira in a squad car. “Today, he got a great ride from our friends at the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office for his last treatment.”
Gastia said the boy’s strength was admirable.
“He’s faced a lot of adversity through this and he’s a strong individual,” he said, according to Fox News.
The Bangor Main Police Department thanked Liam Silveira “for making Officer Dan feel good about friendship,” in its Facebook post. “Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another. All we have is each other.”
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