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.
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.