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Maui firefighter's young son battles aggressive cancer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Maui family has just one wish this Christmas. Trucker Dukes' parents are praying for a miracle after doctors diagnosed their 19-month-old son with cancer about two weeks ago.

Little Trucker used to be an outgoing toddler with a bright smile. He loved to visit his dad at work at the Kihei fire station.

"He was a really, really happy baby. Very energetic," said Joshua Dukes, Trucker's father.

But just before Thanksgiving, Trucker was hospitalized for a mass in his abdomen. The next day, his family flew to Oahu. Doctors at Kapiolani Medical Center discovered a massive tumor. Trucker's cancer, called neuroblastoma, is aggressive and spreading quickly.

"He's Stage 4, he's high risk, and it's pretty much everywhere in his body," said Joshua.

"Some minutes I'm really strong and I feel like, all right, we're going to do this, we're going to punch cancer in the face. The next minute, I'm crushed," said Shauna Dukes, Trucker's mother.

Last week, Trucker began his first round of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor. His parents have been flying back and forth to Maui to care for their three other children.

"The statistics are not for him. They're not for him, but you know what, in my strong moments, I'm like, God doesn't care about the statistics," said Shauna.

The little boy's struggle has touched hearts across the country. Firefighters are sending photos to show their support. Children are drawing pictures of fire trucks for Trucker.

"All the love and support we feel from everybody, I feel like everyone is helping hold us up right now," said Shauna. "We have him today so we're just trying to love him the best that we can, where we're at right now."

They're taking this journey one day at a time, and praying for the strength to keep on truckin'.

A prayer vigil for Trucker is being held on December 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Kihei Baptist Chapel. For more information on the family, go to

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