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A Wish to Honor Bravery and Courage

wish kid Shelton

“ For y’all to make our wish[es] come true, it means a lot to all of
us kids. ”


- Shelton

Shelton grew up around the local fire and police departments in his hometown in Alabama. He goes to the fire stations daily, even after regular visits to New York for chemotherapy, just to see his “brothers and sisters.” To these departments, Shelton is a part of the family.

Shelton, 15, has a deep appreciation for first responders. Although 9/11 occurred before he was born, he has been inspired by their bravery and comradery on that tragic day. He makes sure to watch 9/11 memorials every year.

It only seemed fitting that Shelton wished to meet the first responders of 9/11. As part of his wish, Shelton was sworn in as an honorary FDNY firefighter during his wish. He was given a fire department uniform, badge, T-shirts and more. He met the New York City fire commissioner and traveled to a fire station for first responder training. He also had a chance to visit to the 9/11 Memorial.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better wish for Shelton,” said his mom, Robby. “If every parent sees their kid just living in the moment, and not worried about going to the hospital, getting chemo or getting bloodwork, it’s just a great feeling.”

Shelton said that having his wish granted and meeting people who care so much for him means the world to him, especially through his battle with cancer. “Kids like me, we don’t ask for much. For y’all to make our wish[es] come true, it means a lot to all of us kids,” Shelton said.

Shelton riding in a fire truck Shelton checks out the dispatch station

 

 

 




If every parent sees their kid just living in the moment, and not worried about going to the hospital, getting chemo or getting bloodwork, it’s just a great feeling. ”

— Robby, Shelton's mom

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Sally Krzywiecki

Sheldon - Those first responders were so brave and helpful that day! But you are just as Brave working so hard to beat cancer - I pray God continues to be in your corner and You are given the chance to make your mark by showing people desperate actions killing innocent victims is so wrong. There are more positive ways to change the worlds mistakes. God Bless you - Great Aunt Sal ( I am fortunate to have 11 young people in my life)

October 04, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Julie Anaglin

God Bless you and everyone. We are all special and should make every day worth while and help where and when we can. Much Love to you!

October 16, 2018 - 7:40 PM