The family of an 11-year-old boy who is battling terminal brain cancer, is asking members of the military and law enforcement to send challenge coins, patches, pins and their prayers to their young boy.
The little boy, John Francis Hoague-Rivette from Whitehall, New York, was diagnosed with a grade 3 Glioma tumor on his brain stem in May 2019. He has had to undergo a number of procedures at Albany Medical Center.
However, after a while, his family was told there was very little that could be done. Doctors said they could either continue care in the hospital or go home and focus on making John comfortable.
According to the latest update on John’s GoFundMe page which was set up by his aunt, John is in poor condition and is becoming less alert each passing day.
John’s family now only asks for “patches and prayers.” It all began in June when John’s teacher reached out to the local police department to see if they could visit him to cheer him up.
John didn’t just get to visit with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, but he was also sworn in as an honorary captain.
“He grew up knowing that police, firemen, EMTs and military members were a part of something bigger than themselves. He respects them and admired them.” Carrie Rivette, John’s mom, told Fox News.
Many of John’s family members served in law enforcement as well. He has since received countless patches, pins, and coins from law enforcement from all over the country.
“He loves the history and story behind each coin and pin because they are all so unique to the unit or entity that designed them. He’s had them on display during each of his hospital stays and now they decorate his living room as he lays in his hospice bed.” his aunt, Sarah Slay, wrote on the GoFundMe page.
“We can never truly thank you all enough for your prayers, support and generosity – especially the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State University Police. You’re all family to us now,” Sarah added.
This afternoon, the APD & many from police agencies across the Capital Region met at @AlbanyMed to show their support for John Hoague-Rivette, an 11 y/o boy with brain cancer. John is passionate about law enforcement and we made sure he and his family know they’re not alone. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/sU1i8EosNA
— Albany Police (@albanypolice) July 31, 2019
There are days where John doesn’t feel well at al. The the items can always be counted on to put a smile on the young boy’s face. “He is still fighting and being super strong,” Carrie said.
If you would like to send a patch or pin to “Captain” John, you can send them to the address below:
Captain John Francis Hoague-Rivette
PO Box 6
Whitehall, NY 12887
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