An 11-year-old Indiana boy recovering from a brain tumor the size of a baseball was discharged from a children’s hospital in Indianapolis Thursday morning, and welcomed home as a hero by his community and local police department.
Law enforcement escorted the young boy, who has always wanted to be a police officer, from the Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis to his home with squad cars from several local police departments.
Earlier this winter, doctors discovered the fourth grader had a brain tumor the size of a baseball and was admitted for surgery just three days later.
While recovering in the hospital, the Warsaw Police Department learned of Drake’s aspirations to be a police officer and thought it would be a great gift to make him an honorary officer. As ABC 57 reports, other departments across the world joined in and sent the young boy police patches and a slew of other gifts.
Upon his return home on Thursday to the city of Warsaw, north of Indianapolis, Drake was welcomed by hundreds of people and his “brothers in blue” escorted him through town.
Officer Roy Navarro of the Warsaw Police Department told ABC 57, that they wanted to show Drake how excited they were to have him home and how the department would always be behind him.
“We’re grateful that he was able to make the trip home with us today,” Navarro said.
Drake’s classmates from Lincoln Elementary and other local schools waited outside to wave him as he rode by, chanting “Drake Strong.”
Drake’s mother, Charity Price said they were overwhelmed by the support, love and prayers from the whole town of Warsaw and the world during this time. The boy’s parents said it meant a lot to them to see how much people care for their young son, with Drake’s father, Miles Price saying he was in “tears the whole way through town.”
“From the bottom of our hearts, you don’t know how special this is. Not only to him but to all of us,” he said.
As part of his recovery, Drake will continue occupational, speech and physical therapy three times a week from home.
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