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St. Pete Police sends support to boy with cancer

The 11-year-old boy has a brain tumor
Posted at 5:34 PM, Mar 13, 2017

A young boy with hopes of becoming a police officer when he grows up is fighting to keep his dreams alive. 

Drake Price, 11, of Warsaw, Indiana, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last month. He endured 13 hours of surgery, but still requires radiation treatment.

His family members are rallying support from law enforcement officials across the country to help keep Drake’s spirits up.

That request for help made it all the way to St. Petersburg, Florida.

One of our officers, Officer Chris Dolch has a sister who resides near Warsaw, Indiana,” explains St. Pete Police Spokesperson Rick Shaw, who says when Officer Dolch heard Drake’s story, he mailed Drake a police patch.

“Here’s a little 11 year old boy who knows what he wants to be when he grows up. What better way to help him on his way than and send him some patches,” said Shaw.

Dolch is now one of several dozen police officers from across the country who have sent Drake a police patch. The family says the support means a lot to Drake, and they plan on making him a quilt of the patches to keep him warm during his hospital stays.

“I think it’s also going to encourage him to fight and be Drake strong. That’s kind of his motto for this fight of the brain tumor,” explains Drake’s aunt Michelle Harlan.

St. Petersburg Police Department is also encouraging other local police departments to join them in sending patches.

If you want updates on Drake’s recovery, his family has created a Facebook page called Drake Strong.

Please send any and all patches to:
Michelle Harlan
420 Drake Road
Kendallville IN 46755

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