A fireman is often the dream job for many young children! For 3-year-old Trucker Dukes, this indeed was the case. Not only was he attracted by the big red trucks and fireman get-up, he also wanted to be just like his dad, who is a firefighter.
Sadly, Trucker, from Hawaii, is battling cancer. But the New York City Fire Department just made Truckers dream come true!
He’s been suffering from neuroblastoma for a year and a half. It’s an aggressive form of cancer affecting the nervous system. The 3-year-old and his mother made the journey to New York in order to seek more treatment. Doctors have been trying hard to heal this small boy from this horrible illness.
Volunteer firemen from the New York City Fire Department stopped by the Ronald McDonald House. This is a facility which houses the very sick kids and their families. Trucker was living there, recovering from a very tough day, one of many, of cancer treatments. Chief Firefighter Jim Grismer appeared and Trucker decided to go introduce himself.
Here’s how Grimmer described the encounter:
“I see this little boy excitedly walking towards me with his eyes aglow. I opened my arms and he basically climbed up and hugged me around the neck. It was as if we’ve been friends for years.”
So moved were all the volunteers, that the New York City fire department voted, and then made Trucker an honorary member of their squad!
The crew stopped by to celebrate Trucker’s third birthday. Thankfully, the chemo seems to now be working as tumors in both stomach and brain have gone away, and his condition is, at the moment, stable. Hopefully this little guy will soon be cancer-free so he can focus on his future firefighting career!