LIFE

12-Year-Old Boy With Terminal Cancer Makes Wish And Police Give Him The Best Weekend Ever

by Nadine DeNinno
Nadine is a writer and editor living in New York City. She has contributed to OK! Magazine, Star Magazine, The International Business Times and House Beautiful. She can name every celebrity dog on Instagram and enjoys ballet, music and a good pun.

A young boy in Australia who has been battling leukemia for over a year had the best weekend ever.

Declan McLean-Pauley, 12, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2015.

Since then, he has spent most of his time in the hospital.

His wish was to “do something risky and out of his comfort zone” so he requested to “blow something up.” While that sounded outlandish, the 12-year-old’s dream came true thanks to Make-A-Wish and the Australian Federal Police.

Declan, who has been described as a “real boy’s boy,” was granted the opportunity to join police for an entire weekend and blow stuff up, something he was very much looking forward to.

“He’s had a focus other than his treatment, something to look forward to because it can be overwhelming when you’re going through it,” his mother Belinda said. “He wanted to just blow something up and he did that, which is just awesome.”

The youngster was picked up by police in an armored vehicle and given hands-on training just like officers receive. He also donned a full SWAT suit and used a hand-held detonator to blow stuff up.

“We added a few extra trimmings for him to make sure it was a weekend he never forgets,” the Australian Federal Police said of the “special boy.”

Declan also got to meet Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his activity-packed weekend.

According to his mother, making his dreams come true has given him hope, especially since he’s now in remission and on maintenance treatment for six to eight months.

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[H/T: Inside Edition]

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