#TNT Mission Moment

Each week, our campaign manager Vicki sends out an email and a reminder as to why we’re running and raising money to find a cure.  In these emails, she includes a mission moment. It makes us think back and reflect a little.  They’re not particularly witty but they come from the heart of survivors and those who have lost loved ones.  This one hit home a little.  It reminds of the honored hero we lost during my first season and he had the same vibrant personality as this little boy. *forgive the grammar and such – copied directly from source*

 

Mission Moment –  Tearjerker  Alert…Please have tissues handy before reading:
  

 

AM I A FIREMAN YET?

In Phoenix , Arizona , a 26 year-old mother stared down  at her 6
year-old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia..  

Although her heart was filled with sadness,
She also had a strong feeling of determination.
Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up &
Fulfill all his dreams. Now, that was no longer possible..

The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son’s dream to
come true..

She took her son’ s hand and asked, ‘Billy, did you ever think about
what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever dream and wish what
you would do with your life?’

Mommy, ‘I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.’

Mom smiled back and said, ‘Let’s see if we can make your wish come
true.’

Later that day she went to her local fire Department in Phoenix ,
Arizona , where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix !

She explained her son’s final wish and asked if it might be possible to
give her 6 year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine.

Fireman Bob said, ‘Look, we can do better than that. If you’ll have your
son ready at seven o’clock Wednesday morning, we’ll make him an honorary
Fireman for the whole day.  He can come down to the fire station, eat
with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards!

And if you’ll give us his sizes, we’ll get a real fire uniform for him,
with a real fire hat – not a toy — one-with the emblem of the Phoenix
Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots.’

‘They’re all manufactured right here in Phoenix ,  so we can get them
fast.’

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform
and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder
truck.

Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the
fire station. He was in heaven.

There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out
on all three calls.

He rode in the different fire engines, the Paramedic’s’ van,
And even the fire chief’s car.

He was also videotaped for the
Local news program.

Having his dream come true,
With all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply
touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought
possible.

One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head
nurse, who believed in the hospice concept – that no one should die
alone – began to call the family members to the hospital.

Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so she called
the Fire Chief and
Asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the
hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition.

The chief replied, ‘We can do better than that.  We’ll be there in five
minutes. Will you please do me a favor?

When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you
announce over the PA system that there is not a fire?’

‘It’s the department coming to see one of its finest members one more
time. And will you open the window to his room?’

About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital
and extended its ladder up to Billy’s third floor open window——–
16 fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Billy’s room.

With his mother’s permission, they hugged him and held him and told him
how much they LOVED him.
With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said,

‘Chief, am I really a fireman now?’

‘Billy, you are, and the Head Chief,  Jesus, is holding your hand,’ the
chief said.

With those words, Billy smiled and said, ‘I know, He’s been holding my
hand all day, and
The angels have been singing.’

He closed his eyes one last time.

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