Child battling cancer gets to be Aurora police officer for a day
AURORA, Colo. — Nine-year-old Gabe Santistevan is Aurora’s newest honorary police officer. The youngster, who attends Side Creek Elementary School, was greeted by Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot and members of the police department at City Hall Wednesday.
“This is just so awesome!” said Gabe who has battled brain and spinal cancer over the past 14 months. “I want to be a cop to help save the town.”
The boy’s mom, Kathleen Santistevan, says he now has trouble understanding things from time to time due to all the surgeries, intensive radiation and chemotherapy he has been undergoing. “From time to time he just can’t understand what’s going on.”
Officer Jim Seneca runs the Cops Fighting Cancer program for the department. Each year they choose a child who wants to be a police officer to swear in as an honorary cop.
“If our program can help a child cope with battling cancer, then that is something we will continue to do year after year,” Seneca said.