4-year old Joshua Salmoiraghi is suffering from kidney cancer and yesterday he was able to take the oath of office as “special police officer” with the Colorado Springs Police Department. Joshua wore a police uniform, posed with firefighters and got a chance to spray water from one of the fire engine’s giant hoses.
Joshua was first diagnosed with kidney cancer 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.
Today Joshua will start a six-month regimen of chemotherapy, which doctors say will be much stronger and more aggressive than previously.