Four-year-old honorary Colorado Springs Police Officer Joshua Salmoiraghi was first diagnosed with cancer at just three years old. Stage-four kidney cancer is a battle for any adult; imagine a toddler in the fight of their life at such an early age. The disease was discovered over Father’s Day weekend in June 2017. Little Joshua underwent surgery to remove an 11-centimeter tumor from his left kidney. After radiation and chemotherapy treatment, doctors delivered the good news in December last year, Joshua’s cancer was in remission.
As is often the case with advanced cases of the disease, that good news would be short-lived. Another tumor was discovered in his left lung in January. The fight continues with chemo treatments, and soon radiation therapy as well.
Stage 4 is the most advanced form of the disease. Stage 4 means that the cancer has metastasized to the lymph system or other organs. Because the adrenal gland is attached to the kidney, the cancer often spreads there first, reports healthline. Oasis of Hope Hospital says, A cancer is said to be in stage 4 of cancer when it has spread far away from the origin into other organs of the body, this progression is also known as metastasis and unless a metastasis is singular—meaning that it has only spread in to one specific location—and it’s still accessible, it usually means that the cancer will no longer be curable with localized therapies such as surgery or radiotherapy.
The brave young boy was sworn into the Colorado Springs Police Department back in April just before he was to undergo an aggressive round of treatment, reports KOAA News5 in Southern Colorado. It was reported that members of the police department also chipped in to purchase a battery-powered motorcycle for Joshua. The Colorado Springs Police Department posted a video of Joshua on their Twitter feed.
Update on Officer Joshua.
Great news! Joshua completed his last round of chemo for liver cancer and got to ring the bell Sunday afternoon at Children’s Hospital in Denver! #cancersucks #StayPositive #staystrong #thoughtsandprayers #thinkingofyou #childhoodcancerawareness pic.twitter.com/4OOm7brvtq
— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) August 19, 2018
The Next Leap Forward
It seems completely unfair when a child gets such a horrible disease. Why so young? Why is God doing this? What are the chances for the little one? How will his parents and siblings handle the news? The questions are many, and the answers are few.
At just four-years-old Joshua has arrived on the BRINK of a life trauma. Yet his resilient spirit and fight at this young age are signs of a winner. As are those of the men and women in blue at the Colorado Springs Police Department. They not only recognized Joshua as an honorary officer; more importantly their support and enthusiasm for the young-boy will empower him far more than any drug!
Joshua’s story is empowerment and permission for you to go out and live your life to the absolute fullest.
Each of us has a purpose and destiny in this lifetime. We have no knowledge as to when our time is up. Just the other day a report of a 105-year-old was loving life and still going strong. Contrast that to this four-year-old, and the questions become even more egregious.
We need to ask ourselves if we are living our TRUE PURPOSE? Remember that life is not a dress-rehearsal, it is the main-act.
It is stories like these that remind me to EMBRACE EACH DAY of this gift called LIFE. I hope you will do the same.