Year-old with cancer sworn in as honorary police officer

Lester Mason
February 10, 2019

The police invited Abigail to come to the Freeport station on February 7 to become an honorary police officer. "I now and forever promise to keep fighting the bad guys until all my cancer's gone", she said.

In December, Abigail attended a "Pancakes with Santa" event at the Freeport Police Department, where she told Chief Garivey that when she grows up, she wants to be a police officer.

The chief administered the oath to the girl, who wore a custom-made police uniform, and then gave her a big hug.

"While it is rare", Wilms tumor "is the most common type of kidney cancer in children", according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

"They basically said it's time to enjoy some life", Abigail's mother, Ilene Arias, recalled.

"In my 27 years, this will be the best thing ever for my career, and it should be for everyone here", Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey said.


"She is no doubt God-sent", Garivey said. "Extremely tough, we cried for a few weeks". Despite that struggle, Abigail says she still wanted to become a police officer.

Fighting back tears, Mr Garivey swore Abigail into the force with a pledge to "keep fighting the bad guys". "You have to meet her to really understand what a great and inspiring young lady she is".

So Garivey reached out to an organization in Pearland called Cop Stop, which was able to make a custom Freeport police uniform for Abigail. "But there's not a lot of people who can bring all these people to one place, and that's huge, and that says a lot for this little girl who sits right here today".

"They beat up my body", she told the news outlet. "And I want to help this cancer, like, go away in five seconds". The six-year-old's condition has worsened, to the point that she is not expected to live too much longer.

Abigail said after she was made an officer: "It felt neat inside of my heart and in my body, I felt excitement and all of love".

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