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First Responders Throw Massive Surprise Birthday Party for R.I. Boy

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter / @dovermapd)

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter / @dovermapd)

(WGGB) — Thousands of first responders are in southern New England today to show their support for a young Rhode Island boy who is battling cancer.

Tyler Seddon of Burrillville, R.I. was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2010, when he was three years old.

Following numerous chemotherapy treatments, Tyler was deemed cancer-free in August 2012.

However, in November 2013, news came that Tyler had relapsed.

The young boy is a big fan of anything to do with police officers, firefighters, race cars, and motorcycles, and for his 7th birthday – which is today – he wished to receive cards from some of his heroes – the first responders.

The idea then took off on Facebook, which led to one big surprise birthday party Thursday.

This morning, hundreds of law enforcement officers and firefighters – from near and far – took part in a massive convoy of cruisers and fire trucks to not only deliver many of those cards and gifts, but also give him a birthday celebration.

Tyler’s day began Thursday with a trip to the Burrillville, R.I. Police Department where he was named honorary chief for the day, complete with his own badge and specially sized uniform.

He was then taken by police cruiser to his school to see his classmates, then to Wright Farm Restaurant in East Providence where a sea of blue had gathered.

At that event, Tyler garnered a few other titles, as we was named an honorary R.I. State Trooper by R.I. Police Col. Steven O’Donnell and honorary Governor by R.I. Governor Lincoln Chafee.

If you would like to donate to help fund Tyler’s expenses, you can CLICK HERE to donate online.

Tyler is also in need of a bone marrow transplant, but has not yet found a match. His family is encouraging people to register with the Bone Marrow Registry to perhaps be a match to Tyler or another child or adult that may need a transplant.

You can check out the Twitter feed below to see pictures and tweets from this morning’s events.


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