Honorary Officer Abigail Arias Passed Away Tuesday Morning
HOUSTON, TX – After months of fighting against cancer Abigail Arias,7, passed away Tuesday morning. Abigail captured the hearts of thousands after becoming an honorary Freeport Police Officer and Texas Ranger before she passed away.
According to CBS7, Abigail began fighting a stage four Wilms Tumor wrapped around her heart at the age of four. She bravely fought through 80 rounds of chemotherapy to try to diminish the tumor, but doctors discovered she was allergic to one of the therapies that they were using.
Her cancer went into remission for five months, but soon came back and spread to both of her lungs. Treatment for her cancer was no longer possible and doctors confirmed her illness was terminal.
One of Abigail's biggest dreams was to become a police officer and with the help of the Freeport Police Department, that dream became a reality.
“They (the cancer) beat up my body,” said Abigail. “So, I want to help the bad guys go away.”
On February 7, 2019, Abigail was sworn in with 32 other officers of the Freeport PD and given the badge number 758. February 7th also became Abigail Rose Arias Day in Freeport.
“It felt near inside my heart and inside my body, I felt excitement and all of (the) love," said Abigail.
Abigail’s story was shared all around the world and she received hundreds of letters of support from people who supported and admired her; in addition to police challenge coins from several police departments.
Abigail’s cancer nodules doubled in size by April, but she continued to fight to help other children. She started a foundation to help other kids with cancer visit the White House, thanks to an invitation from the Secret Service.
The Freeport Police Department shared the following statement on Facebook:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Abigail Arias, the child who became an officer, a change agent for good and today, an Angel. Abigail, also known as Officer Arias 758, went to be with our Lord early this morning surrounded by her family and friends. Her love, compassion, and most importantly, her magnanimous spirit, will live on for generations to come. It’s both our duty and privilege to embody what Abigail taught us: to live life to the fullest, to never give up hope no matter the odds, to fight “the bad guys” passionately, and most importantly, to love one another - and always Stay Relentless!
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