Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Police Chief Swears In 6-Year-Old With Cancer, Fights Back Tears

Police Chief Swears In 6-Year-Old With Cancer, Fights Back Tears

On Thursday, she was sworn in as an honorary police officer in her hometown of Freeport, Texas in a ceremony published on Facebook Live. As his voice cracked, he read the oath, pausing to allow Abigail time to repeat the lines, "I now and forever promise to keep fighting the bad guys... until all my cancer is gone".

A 6-year-old girl who's battling cancer has had her dream come true of being sworn in as a Texas police officer.

Despite having an incurable cancer, Abigail has not given up her fighting spirit.

Abigail has Wilms' tumour, a type of childhood cancer that starts in the kidneys.

"The chemo and radiation hasn't worked and basically the family is now leaving it in God's hands and praying for a miracle", Garivey told CNN. "It's more than just putting bad guys in jail", said Chief Ray Garivey, with the Freeport Police Department.

Abigail's mom, Ilene Arias, told KTRK: "They basically said it's time to enjoy some life". "Extremely tough. We cried for weeks". Garivey recalled, "She goes, 'I want to be a police officer.' I looked back at her dad and I said, "She probably should have never told me that".

Abigail confided in Mr Garivey that she has always wanted to be a police officer.

'You have to meet her to really understand what a great and inspiring young lady she is'. "But there's not a lot of people who can bring all these people to one place, and that's huge, and that says a lot for this little girl who sits right here today".

Abigail thought up a good way to combat what she calls "the bad guys" in her body that are making her sick.

The six-year-old felt welcomed and excited to be apart of the special ceremony.

"It meant lots of excitement and lots of love", said Abigail.

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