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Lee’s Summit Police And Fire Departments Help Make A Little Boy’s Dream Come True
August 23, 2014
Tribune Photos by Ron Wight
By Carlee Edwards
Lee’s Summit Police Department and Lee’s Summit Fire Department came together this past Thursday, August 21 to give a special little boy a very special day.
Brayden Lee Williams was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor right around his first birthday. The tumor was declared inoperable and the family began the process of helping their one year old son through chemotherapy.
Due to an allergic reaction to the chemo, Brayden had to stop, but now a little over a year later he has started once again as test have shown the tumor has grown.
“It’s definitely been life changing for sure,” Brayden’s mom, Julie Williams said.
Brayden is now just three weeks into his 52 week chemotherapy treatment.
“Brayden is the happiest kid I know,” Mrs. Williams said. “He’s a trooper.”
Awhile back Mrs. Williams posted on Brayden’s Facebook page, www.braydenleewilliams.com, that Brayden, who will be three in January, really likes police cars and fire truck and asked Brayden’s followers if anyone know how he could get to see one in person. Detective Doumitt of Lee’s Summit Police Department and his wife had been following the Facebook page for some time when they saw the post. Doumitt decided he could do even better than let Brayden see a fire truck, he could probably give the boy a chance to ride in one!
“We wanted to do something extra special for him,” Officer Beth Glover explained.
Brayden, along with his parents and grandparents started off at the Lee’s Summit Police Station where Brayden got to check out a police motorcycle and ride across town in a police vehicle to the Lee’s Summit Fire Station at Douglas and 2nd to see the fire trucks, try out the water hose, and ride in an actual fire truck.
“The times of generosity, when people step up like this, it means more than anything in the world,” Brayden’s father, Bret Williams said.
The two and a half year old, excited boy took everything in with smiles and wide eyes. He thanked everyone involved and seemed to have a wonderful time exploring the fire trucks. His parents as well, thanked everyone for coming out and giving their son this wonderful day.
“Anything we can do to raise awareness for pediatric cancer,” Mrs. Williams said. “It is chronically underfunded, so anything helps.”
The family has a fund set up at Adams Dairy Bank and you can donate directly to Brayden's account via:
"Standing with Brayden" Adams Dairy Bank, 651 NE Coronado Drive, Blue Springs, MO 64014, 816-655-3333
For more information on the fund, Brayden or just ways to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer check out Brayden’s facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StandingWithBrayden) or follow his blog www.braydenleewilliams.com
For additional photos of Brayden's visit in Lee's Summit, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/LSTribune
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