Maui boy battling cancer becomes honorary FDNY firefighter

Maui boy battling cancer becomes honorary FDNY firefighter

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a dream come true for a 3-year-old Maui boy battling brain cancer: On Tuesday, the New York City Fire Department welcomed Trucker Dukes as an honorary member of the team.

Trucker flashed a shaka as he and 4-year-old River Laurence, who's also battling the same type of cancer, were sworn in as firefighters for the day.

In 2014, Trucker was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that attacks the nervous system. He's now staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City while he receives treatment.

Tuesday was truly an honor for Trucker, who looks up to his dad who's a firefighter on Maui.

"He just loves being a firefighter, he thinks he is a firefighter," Joshua Dukes said.

Trucker first met Capt. James Grismer, who was on call for a minor kitchen fire at the Ronald McDonald House. The two formed a bond, leading to a visit at the fire station.

"I see this little boy walking at me with his eyes aglow and arms outreached, and he jumped right on me and gave me a hug," Grismer said.

3-year-old Trucker Dukes: Cancer patient, FDNY hero

Today, firefighters from across New York City will receive medals for their heroism. They’re the bravest of the brave. We have a hero we want you to meet. 3-year-old Trucker Dukes has traveled more than 5,000 miles from Hawaii, where his dad is a firefighter, to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York for treatment of neuroblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. He’s undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and life-threatening surgeries. About a year ago, Trucker met and bonded with Capt. Jim Grismer of FDNY Engine 39 / Ladder 16. And now Trucker’s an honorary member of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). It’s a video you’ll want to watch again and again. To learn more about Trucker's story, go to Team Trucker - Trucker Dukes Supporters or click here: on.nyc.gov/22xztsS

Posted by NYC Mayor's Office on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

For updates and more information on Trucker's fight against cancer, click here.

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