By Luke Kenton
This terminally ill boy achieved his dream after being sworn in as an honorary police officer at his local department, in spite of a devastating prognosis.
For seven-year-old Drake Walker, the idea of following in his dad’s footsteps to become a police officer wasn’t just a dream, it was something he was determined to make a reality – even in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – a rare and aggressive type of brain cancer – on August 15, it was quickly made known to the family that little Drake’s prognosis was terminal.
However, determined to make his son’s aspirations a reality, Drake’s dad Jim – who’s a Sergeant at the local Torrance Police Department in California – arranged a very special day for him.
Presenting a raised palm in a local courthouse on October 16, Chief Officer Eve Irvine read a police officer’s oath to Drake, who swore to protect the people of his local city.
Handed his own personalised badge, Drake was sworn in as an honorary police officer of the Torrance PD.
In a fundraising campaign video, Drake’s Mum Leslie said: “We don’t know what’s coming next.
“But we’re hopeful there might be another trial to open up.
“Drake is so brave – I’ve been blown away by it.”
Jim added: “We’re taking it day-by-day and trying to live life to the fullest and take advantage of the days when Drake’s feeling good.
“[We] also respect the days he isn’t, and he wants to rest.
“It’s been different for us and a struggle to change our lives – [particularly] in seeing your child suffering.
“Either Leslie or I would happily step in, so it wasn’t Drake that was suffering.
“But we’re getting through it day-by-day.”
To donate to the Walker family, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/drakewalker