COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A young boy suffering from kidney cancer took the oath of office as “special police officer” with the Colorado Springs Police Department on Tuesday.
Joshua Salmoiraghi, 4, was able to don a police uniform, pose with firefighters and got a chance to spray water from one of the fire engine’s giant hoses.
The honorary ceremony was held a day before he is scheduled to begin aggressive treatment in the hopes of ridding Joshua of stage 4 kidney cancer.
He was first diagnosed in June. The tumor then spread to his abdomen lymph nodes and his lungs. Doctors removed a tumor along with his left kidney.
Joshua then underwent radiation therapy to his abdomen and chemotherapy, which was finished just before New Year’s Eve, when he was officially considered in remission.
In mid-January, a tumor was discovered in his left lung. It was surgically removed, and doctors confirmed the cancer had returned.
Beginning Wednesday, Joshua will start a six-month regimen of chemotherapy, which doctors say will be much stronger and more aggressive than previously.
They will harvest his stem cells, as well as perform another round of radiation therapy, this time on his whole chest.
Joshua is receiving treatment at Aurora Children’s Hospital, where he will stay for three days of chemotherapy and possibly an extra day, depending on if he is well enough to travel home to recover.
Doctors say he will become very sick through this next round, and it will be a trying time for all involved.
His mother, Amanda Salmoiraghi, is a major in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Peterson Air Force Base.
His father, Joseph Salmoiraghi, is a disabled veteran and a pastor. Joshua has two brothers, Benjamin and Timothy.