Freeport, Texas: Abigail Arias, a six-year-old Houston-area girl with cancer had a dream come true when she was sworn in as an honorary police officer.
Police in Freeport, Texas, tweeted details of Thursday’s ceremony for Abigail Arias. Chief Ray Garivey had learned of Abigail’s interest in law enforcement and swore her in.
Abigail has Wilms’ tumour, a type of childhood cancer that starts in the kidneys.
Abigail wore a custom-made police uniform and stood on a stepladder as she raised her right hand while the police chief administered the oath. Freeport is a city of about 12,000 located 50 miles (80.46 kilometres) south of Houston.
Uniformed officers from a number of agencies were on hand for the ceremony.
The police department posted a video of the ceremony, which shows Abigail standing on a chair and taking an oath with her right hand raised.
The force wrote in an accompanying post: “Congratulations to the newest member of the Freeport Police Department, Honorary Officer Abigail Rose Arias! She took an oath today to continue fighting the bad guys until she is cancer free!”
Wilms’ tumour (nephroblastoma)
Wilms tumor is a rare type of kidney cancer. It causes a tumor on one or both kidneys. It usually affects children, but can happen in adults. Having certain genetic conditions or birth defects can increase the risk of getting it. Children that are at risk should be screened for Wilms tumor every three months until they turn eight.
Symptoms include a lump in the abdomen, blood in the urine, and a fever for no reason. Tests that examine the kidney and blood are used to find the tumor.
Doctors usually diagnose and remove the tumor in surgery. Other treatments include chemotherapy and radiation and biologic therapies. Biologic therapy boosts your body’s own ability to fight cancer.