RNC helps make boy’s dream come true

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Police force gives 6-year-old leukemia patient the royal treatment

A mother is commending the RNC for going above and beyond the call of duty and making her little boy’s dream come true.

Jonah Broderick, 6, looks through the window at the firing range at RNC headquarters during a recent tour. When contacted by his mother, members of the RNC brought Jonah to spend a day at headquarters to help cheer him up during his leukemia treatments. — Photo courtesy of Megan Broderick

Megan Broderick and her son, Jonah, have faced some struggles together.

In 2013, Jonah, then five years old, came down with what everybody thought was a flu. A week and a half later when he still wasn’t better, his mother took him to the hospital.

After some blood work, it was discovered that his hemoglobin was way down. As a precaution, they decided to do a bone marrow test.

“No one thought that this was cancer,” says Megan.

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But that’s exactly what it was. Jonah was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. His daily life suddenly changed drastically.

“Aside from the treatments and the daily medications and all that stuff he’s had really, really bad anxiety as a result of this,” says Megan.

On chemotherapy days he has to be medicated because his anxiety attacks became so severe.

Several weeks ago, Jonah had to spend several days in isolation in the hospital.

At one point, he was playing police officer. Jonah has had theambition to be a police officer for a while now.

A couple of years ago he dressed up as one for Halloween.

“He likes to write tickets. He hands out tickets to people. It’s really funny,” says Megan.

Lying in bed in hospital that night, he wondered aloud what a police station looked like on the inside.

After he was asleep, his mother took a chance and emailed the RNC. The very next morning there was an email waiting for her.

“Absolutely. Bring him in. We’re really looking forward to it,” the email read.

Jonah was thrilled.

“You can’t even imagine. He was bouncing off the walls for days,” says his mother.

It turned out that he even got a police escort the day of his tour. RNC Const. Kevin Foley picked him up at his door in a cruiser.

“He was so excited. He had his boots on the wrong feet. He barely had his coat on and was trying to run out the door,” says Megan.

The tour included a walk through the RNC stables at Government House before going to the new headquarters. Megan says every officer there went out of their way to show Jonah the time of his life. He even came away with his own police hat, shirt, detective pad, as well as patches and pins.

“I think it meant the world to him,” says Megan. “He was treated like a rock star.”

As for his favourite part, his mother says it had to be the firing range.

The Telegram found out about Jonah’s day with the RNC through a letter she wrote to the editor. That’s also running in today’s edition of The Telegram.  

 

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

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  • Marg
    March 18, 2014 - 09:05

    Ahhhh, what a heart-warming story, but also heart-aching. You and your family are, and will be, in my thoughts and prayers, precious Jonah. Hope your Mom took lots of pictures of this wonderful day provided to you by the RNC.

  • Eel
    March 17, 2014 - 15:24

    This is the cutest - Well done.

  • Marjorie
    March 17, 2014 - 14:27

    Steve, Are you for real? You are not too "smart" if you cannot determine what thank you means. Didn't you even stop and think how Jonah's family would feel with your uncalled for post. The RNC will just let it slide over their heads because they meet idiots like you every day. BUT you should have thought about that little boy!

    • Comment
      March 17, 2014 - 17:02

      Well said, Marjorie! I was just waiting for some inconsiderate clown to take such a lovely story about a little boy who has a dream and how this dream was fulfilled bringing such joy to a boy who has had such a difficult time and turn it into some avenue to write such an uncalled for post. Think about this little boy who is such a fighter before you write, Steve.

  • Leah
    March 17, 2014 - 13:28

    Steve, I put quotation marks around the words "thank you" to emphasize my feelings and gratitude to the RNC for all they did to bring some happiness to this little boy, especially in the midst of his illness.

  • Gerry
    March 17, 2014 - 09:20

    Well done to the RNC: BZ!!!

  • Leah
    March 17, 2014 - 08:04

    God bless you, Jonah. And "thank you" to our RNC for making a little boy so extremely happy, especially at such a difficult time in his life. You even took him to see the horses, which must have been a bigger surprise to him. What wonderful memories you gave him.

    • Steve
      March 17, 2014 - 11:04

      Why did you put ''thank you'' in quotation marks. Are you implying you are not thanking them? If that's the case, you are very ''smart''

    • Leah
      March 17, 2014 - 13:22

      Steve, "Thank you" is in quotation marks to emphasize my feelings gratitude for what the RNC did for this little boy.

  • Don
    March 17, 2014 - 06:00

    This is the type of story that makes my day and makes me realize how fortunate we are to have tow beautiful healthy grandchildren. I pary the Lord will bless this little boy and help him over his ordeal.