A group of New Jersey police officers who were deeply touched by a little boy’s cancer battle decided to do something simple, yet amazing, to lift his spirits: purchase and bring him his own tiny patrol car along with a stuffed K-9 dog to accompany it.
Ben Graham, who is described in a crowdfunding campaign as “an amazing 3-year-old superhero,” is just 3 years old and he’s already faced quite an uphill battle.
The toddler suffered from neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, when he was just 18 months old — and overcame it. But the disease returned this past June, with Ben now once again undergoing treatment, WFXT-TV reported.
Cops first learned of Ben’s story when his mom, Amanda Graham, took him and his siblings to an event a few weeks back where he had a chance to check out police cars — and equipment — up close.
Ben was captivated by all the police gear and the cops, in turn, were deeply impacted by his story.
So, they decided to take action.
We had a great time today surprising 3-year-old Ben with his own custom cruiser that our officers chipped in to…
“It just touched all of us. We all have kids and families,” Camden County Police Officer Allen Williams told the Courier Post. “This type of illness touches us all, and we wanted to do something genuine and sincere to make him feel a little better.”
Williams and other cops pooled their money together to get Ben a motorized Camden County cop car; they delivered the car and a stuffed dog to Ben’s house on Monday along with quite a bit of fanfare.
We had an amazing time today visiting with 3-year-old Ben Graham who is battling Stage IV neuroblastoma. Our officers…
“This is amazing,” Amanda Graham said. “I knew they were coming, but I had no idea they’d do all this.”
The police officers said that they were simply overjoyed to be able to help lift Ben’s spirits.
“We had a great time today surprising 3-year-old Ben with his own custom cruiser that our officers chipped in to purchase,” the department said in a Facebook post. “Ben suffers from a rare form of cancer and wanted to meet our officers; we wanted to give him something special.”
Find out more about how you can help Ben and his family here.