Heartbreaking Moment Boy, Nine, Suffering With Terminal Brain Cancer Fulfills His Dream And Is Sworn In As An Honorary Police Officer

Colin Hayward Toland took the oath of office in front of a crowd of 300 on Monday morning

  • He was surrounded by his parents, brother and his fourth-grade class

  • The nine-year-old was welcomed to the police force as the newest member of the Ithaca Police Department

  • His father, Ian Hayward, said his son's wish to become a police officer stemmed from his desire to help people

  • Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick announced September 12 will be known as Colin Toland Hayward Day 

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    Published: 00:29 EDT, 15 September 2016 | Updated: 03:09 EDT, 15 September 2016

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    A nine-year-old New York boy with terminal brain cancer who wished to become a cop was sworn in to his local police department as an honorary police officer.

    Colin Hayward Toland, who was first diagnosed with brain cancer in June 2009 at age two, took the oath of office in front of a crowd of 300 on Monday morning.

    During an official ceremony with his family and friends looking on, Colin was welcomed to the police force as Ithaca Police Department's newest member.

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    Nine-year-old Colin Hayward Toland (pictured right) with terminal brain cancer who wished to become a cop was sworn in to his local police department as an honorary police officer

    Nine-year-old Colin Hayward Toland (pictured right) with terminal brain cancer who wished to become a cop was sworn in to his local police department as an honorary police officer

    Toland, who was first diagnosed with brain cancer in June 2009 at age two, took the oath of office in front of a crowd of 300 on Monday morning

    Toland, who was first diagnosed with brain cancer in June 2009 at age two, took the oath of office in front of a crowd of 300 on Monday morning

    He was joined by 150 fellow police officers, firefighters and EMS workers, along with entire fourth grade class at Northeast Elementary School (the crowd shown above)

    He was joined by 150 fellow police officers, firefighters and EMS workers, along with entire fourth grade class at Northeast Elementary School (the crowd shown above)

    His father, Ian Hayward, said his son's wish to become a police officer stemmed from his desire to help people, according to ABC News.

    And following the protests and violence against officers in recent months, Colin 'felt an immense amount of empathy' toward police and decided to become one.

    'Colin wants to help people,' Hayward told ABC News.

    'He wants to reach out and make people feel okay.'

    When Colin was just two years old, his family was living in Connecticut and were on a drip to Vermont for his birthday and for his parents' 10-year anniversary.

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    Share His father, Ian Hayward, held his hand as he was sworn-in on Monday

    His father, Ian Hayward, held his hand as he was sworn-in on Monday

    His mother, Tamiko Toland, pinned his badge to his uniform as his dad stood nearby

    His mother, Tamiko Toland, pinned his badge to his uniform as his dad stood nearby

    He took the oath of office and was welcome as the Ithaca Police Department's newest member

    He took the oath of office and was welcome as the Ithaca Police Department's newest member

    At the time, Colin suddenly fell ill, according to Hayward. 

    After Colin was transported to Westchester Medical Center for emergency brain surgery, he underwent two more brain surgeries.

    He also underwent several months of high-dose chemotherapy before going into remission.

    By the time he was just over four years old, he was cancer free, but relapsed about 20 months ago, his father said.

    In that time, he has had three more brain surgeries, the most recent in May.

    And in the last eight months, he has been on and off hospice, with doctors telling his parents last month they were shocked Colin was walking despite how much the cancer had progressed.

    When his parents realized his prognosis was not looking great, they decided to do everything they could for their son, including trips to Hawaii and the Bahamas.

    Colin also received a customized duffle bag with his name embroidered on it

    Colin also received a customized duffle bag with his name embroidered on it

    His 12-year-old brother Aidan, was also there and joined him on the stage and during a ride in a squad car

    His 12-year-old brother Aidan, was also there and joined him on the stage and during a ride in a squad car

    Colin told the press at the ceremony that his favorite part was receiving his badge

    Colin told the press at the ceremony that his favorite part was receiving his badge

    They have trips already planned to Orlando and Niagara Falls.

    The family has since relocated to Ithaca in order to give Colin a better quality of life, according to ABC News.

    On Monday, as he was joined by 150 fellow police officers, firefighters and EMS workers, along with entire fourth grade class at Northeast Elementary School, Colin had his dream come true.

    His 12-year-old brother, Aidan, was also there and joined him on the stage. 

    Colin told the press after the ceremony that his favorite part was receiving his badge, which was pinned onto his uniform by his mother, Tamiko Toland.

    Colin pictured above with his parents and brother. When asked what position he wanted to take on at the police department as the newest member, Colin joked the receptionist because 'he wouldn't be good at catching bad guys'

    Colin pictured above with his parents and brother. When asked what position he wanted to take on at the police department as the newest member, Colin joked the receptionist because 'he wouldn't be good at catching bad guys'

    'He said, "Everyone should go for their dreams,"' Hayward said of his son's comments, adding that he is 'so inspired' by him and his dreams.

    During the emotional ceremony, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick announced September 12 will be known as Colin Toland Hayward Day.

    Colin also received a customized duffle bag with his name embroidered on it.

    When asked what position he wanted to take on at the police department as the newest member, Colin joked the receptionist because 'he wouldn't be good at catching bad guys,' according to ABC News.

    His father said his son also expressed that he would like to read bedtime stories to inmates.

    Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3790327/Nine-year-old-boy-battling-terminal-brain-cancer-sworn-honorary-police-officer-Ithaca.html

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    Heartbreaking Moment Boy, Nine, Suffering With Terminal Brain Cancer Fulfills His Dream And Is Sworn In As An Honorary Police Officer

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    Heartbreaking Moment Boy, Nine, Suffering With Terminal Brain Cancer Fulfills His Dream And Is Sworn In As An Honorary Police Officer

    Heartbreaking Moment Boy, Nine, Suffering With Terminal Brain Cancer Fulfills His Dream And Is Sworn In As An Honorary Police Officer

    Source:Daily Mail

    Heartbreaking Moment Boy, Nine, Suffering With Terminal Brain Cancer Fulfills His Dream And Is Sworn In As An Honorary Police Officer