Jerry Peterson, a 5-year-old battling a rare form of eye cancer, is set to have one of his biggest dreams is coming true.
When Jerry was first diagnosed with retinoblastoma, causing him to have his eye removed, he told his grandma he had two wishes.
One was to meet a real policeman, and the other was to go to Disneyland.
Today the Make-a-Wish Foundation is sending him to Disneyland, and his buddies from the Anderson Police Department, were there to send him off in style.
“Where you going today? To Disneyland,” he said.
“It was total shock and disbelief because he sees it on TV but he never really knew that it wasn't a real place and now we're really going to be there and see Mickey Mouse and meet mater, his heroes,” said Darlene Schultz, Jerry’s grandma. “He hasn't been able to go to sleep.”
Jerry’s limo was flanked by a fleet of police cars, on the way to Sacramento airport. His grandma says jerry has always loved police officers.
“That’s the very first thing he wanted is he wanted to meet a police man and he never really spoke to one,” Schultz said. “And that's how it started when he met the Anderson Police force and they became his family. He always though he was one. We’d be driving in the car and he's see the police and he'd say. There goes my friend’s grandma and he'd always want me to pull over and talk to them.”
So one day they just dropped into the station and the police have treated Jerry like family ever since.
“Are these your friends? Yup from the police department!”