Nobody fights alone.
ALTON, Tex. – Brandon Tadeo Alvarez is a 9-year-old boy battling liver cancer, with a dream to one day be a police officer.
On Friday that dream came true when he was sworn in as an honorary police captain by the officers at the Alton Police Department in Texas.
Brandon was first diagnosed with cancer last March, and in September he was declared cancer-free. Devastatingly, the cancer came back early this year, with tumors found on his liver and his arm, making him ineligible for a needed transplant.
The diagnosis is not stopping his mother from keeping a positive mindset.
“We keep telling [Brandon] to keep fighting and keep being positive. We have so many people with us who are helping us with this fight. With all the prayers and everything, we tell him that everything will be OK.”
After hearing of his battle and love for law enforcement, the officers at the Alton Police Department paid him a visit. His mom noted the details of his condition, and they took action.
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First, Chief Jonathon Flores, his assistant chief, Mark Perez, and three other patrol man visited him at his home. Then they took him on a ride along, but they felt there was more they wanted to do for the boy.
“We knew immediately that we needed to make his dream come true,” said Chief Jonathon Flores.
So on Friday, the friends an family of Brandon, his baseball team, teachers, schoolmates, prominent community officials, and officers from across the county including Weslaco PD, McAllen PD and Edinburg PD, gathered at City Hall to swear him in as an honorary police captain.
“When you are in this law enforcement family, nobody fights alone,” said Chief Flores. “Brandon and his family are facing tough challenges right now, so we are bringing them into our family so that they know that we are going to support them every step of the way.”
Following the speeches, his mother asked that the room keep praying and stay positive, saying, “Brandon is going to be that miracle,” she told the room through tears. “We are going to talk about it in the future and say he made the impossible, possible.”
Technically, Brandon is now the third-in-command of Alton PD.
“I hope that doing this for him gives him some of the best memories he has, and that today is filled with joy, love and excitement,” Flores said.
Brandon was almost speechless, but kept repeating these words throughout the day: “I’m happy.”