First Responders Hold Parade for Child Battling Leukemia in Port St Lucie

First responders in Florida held a parade on January 11 for a young girl fighting leukemia.

Eight-year-old Arya had been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in October 2021 and was facing six months of chemotherapy treatment, according to a GoFundMe website made for Arya.

Local residents of Port St Pirie combined with the police and fire departments to organize the parade in order to help lift her spirits amid her battle.

“In just a couple hours of planning this afternoon, residents of our community came together and joined Assistant Chief Del Toro, members of PSLPD, and the St. Lucie County Fire District in a drive by parade to show support and brighten Arya’s day! Arya was all smiles and enjoyed seeing the outpouring support of our community,” the Port St. Lucie Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.

This video posted to Facebook by the Port St. Lucie Police Department shows the fire engine and police vehicles driving past Arya and her family on the lawn, before police officers deliver her some gifts. Credit: Port St. Lucie Police Department via Storyful

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