Vancouver police grant boys ridealong wish

first_imgStanding outside of her home and seeing how her 4-year-old son, Nick, was starting to get antsy, Katie Zadak gave in.“Do you want to know who your surprise visitor is?” she asked.“Yeah!” Nick said. All he’d been told was that someone special was visiting on Wednesday and the family had gone outside to wait in the driveway to see who it was.“You’re going to see a police car and ride around in it,” his mother said.The boy’s mouth fell wide open. “And catch a bad guy?”Excited, Nick rushed inside to get a police car of his own. He pushed the toy car along the ground, explaining how he likes the red and blue lights. But the sirens are his favorite.“Wee oh, wee oh!” he said. “Police cars go super-fast to catch the bad guys.”Nick has been battling stage 4 hepatoblastoma, a pediatric liver cancer, for nearly two years. Last year, the boy spent 280 days at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., for treatment. But Nick stayed positive, Katie Zadak said, making best friends with the nurses who cared for him.“He’s just the most positive, bright, wonderful kid,” she said.The Zadaks don’t like talking about Nick’s prognosis and instead put their energy into making the most of every day. He’s run out of the tunnel at Husky Stadium and gone with his family to Disney World.“We’re very focused on treatment and comfort,” Katie Zadak said. “We’re making sure he’s enjoying the most of life through this battle.”last_img

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