Boy With Cancer Spends The BEST Day Of His Life As A Firefighter.
On May 31, 2016 the New York Fire Department will be swearing in a new firefighter. Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro will be making three-year-old Trucker Dukes an honorary firefighter. Trucker has been living in New York with his mom Shauna, receiving treatment for Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare cancer of the nervous system.
One day, firetrucks answered the call to a kitchen fire at the Ronald McDonald House, where Trucker and his mom are staying at. The title boy ran to greet Captain James Grismer. Their instant friendship and bond has given Trucker the opportunity to be part of the team. He gets to visit the fire station, ride the trucks, and celebrate his third birthday party with his new friends.
Trucker was diagnosed with cancer when he was 19 months old. Him and his mom travel from Hawaii to New York for his treatment.
"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/brothers for years," says Captain James Grismer of meeting Trucker.
Trucker's love for the firemen is in his DNA. His dad Joshua Dukes is a firefighter in Hawaii. Joshua has stayed behind with his other three kids.
"This honor is so special to us because Trucker-Boy really thinks he’s a fireman. We are so blessed to have been adopted by the FDNY," says Shauna.
"Time and time again, I have watched big tough men fall in love with Trucker. It's really something special," explains Shauna.
A page has been set up to raise funds for Trucker's dad Joshua and his siblings to attend the ceremony in New York.