Abigail Arias, a 6 year old battling cancer had a huge dream of becoming a police officer. That dream became a reality when was officially sworn in as an honorary police officer in Freeport, Texas.
The young girl has Wilms tumor, a type of kidney cancer in children, and the diagnosis is terminal. “They basically said it’s time to enjoy some life. Extremely tough. We cried for a few weeks.” her mother, Ilene Arias, told KTRK.
“We’re strong in our faith. We believe in God. The doctors can say what they say medically, but we know that God is the one that has her destiny in his hands.” Abigael’s dad, Rueben Arias, said.
Talking to CNN, Freeport Police Chief Raymond Garivey Jr. said, “The chemo and radiation hasn’t worked and basically the family is now leaving it in God’s hands and praying for a miracle.”
Chief Garivey was introduced to Abigail last December at the police department’s “Pancakes with Santa” event.
It was at the event that Abigael told the police chief about her dreams of becoming a police officer. “Her terrific smile and will to keep fighting ‘the bad guys’ inside of her — I wanted to make her dream come true. You have to meet her to really understand what a great and inspiring young lady she is.” Garivey said.
Garivey started out on a mission to fulfill Abigael’s dream. He reached out to a company called Cop Stop to get a custom Freeport uniform specially made for Abigail. The company, donated the uniform, a duty rig and gun belt to Abigael.
Abigail was sworn in as an honorary officer surrounded by her family and police officers from around the state. The police chief couldn’t hold back his tears while swearing in the terminally ill girl.
“She is no doubt God-sent. Her story brought peace officers from all over today into one room and it was a magical moment for all who were in attendance.” Garivey said.
You can watch the special moment in the video below.