3-Year-Old With Brain Cancer Becomes Honorary Fire Fighter
For a brave young 3-year-old named Trucker Dukes, his worries go far beyond the average toddler. That is because just before age 2, he was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma, and ever since that moment his childhood has been filled with hospital visits, various treatments, side effects and even brain surgery. Despite having to deal with so much at such a young age, Truckers attitude through it all has touched the hearts of many. A Facebook group, called Team Trucker, was started in order try and give him back some of that missed childhood, returning a little bit of the joy that he has brought to others.
One of the things Trucker has always loved was firefighters. Knowing this, Team Tucker was able to pull a few strings with the New York City Fire Department, and soon he will get to be one of the youngest honorary firefighters ever!
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We want to let you know about exciting news for Trucker Dukes and his family!
Trucker Dukes will be sworn into the New York City Fire Department as an honorary firefighter in an oath ceremony led by Daniel A. Nigro, the 33rd Fire Commissioner, on May 31, 2016, at the FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn, NY.
“This honor is so special to us because Trucker-Boy really thinks he’s a fireman,” Shauna Dukes, Trucker’s mom said. “We are so blessed to have been adopted by the FDNY. Time and time again, I have watched big tough men fall in love with Trucker. It’s really something special.”
Three-year-old Trucker Dukes, from Maui, Hawaii, is a patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York. At 19 months old he was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma and transferred treatment to MSK where they specialize in Neuroblastoma. Recently, Humans of New York (HONY) began featuring stories from the Pediatric Department of MSK and has raised more than $1 million for the department in 10 days.Joshua Dukes, Trucker’s dad, is a Maui firefighter and continues to work in Hawaii while their three older children attend school on Maui. Trucker and his mom travel between New York and Maui for treatments. They met FDNY Captain Jim Grismer (pictured hugging Trucker) after he exited Engine 22 on a call to the Ronald McDonald House where the Dukes stay while in NY.
“I see this little boy excitedly walking towards me with his eyes aglow. I opened my arms and he basically climbed up and hugged me around the neck,” said Grismer. “It was as if we’ve been friends/brothers for years.” Grismer and other firefighters began inviting them to visit firehouses. Firefighters from FDNY Engine 22, Ladder 13, Battalion 10 hosted Trucker and his mom for a birthday party at their firehouse. #TeamTrucker
Please Pray for Trucker!