GRAND JUNCTION, Colo, (KREX) — 9-year-old Kellen Finch has Leukemia but Make-A-Wish Colorado was able to make his dream of being a firefighter come true.
This past Saturday Kellen led a parade of emergency vehicles including ambulances, police cars, and of course fire trucks. The parade ended at Kellen’s home where he was surprised with his own personal fire truck.
The fire truck has a 340-cc Honda engine that will allow Kellen to go up to 10 MPH. The truck is also equipped with a 10-gallon water tank and hose that will allow Kellen to spray water, along with all the sounds and lights that a full-sized firetruck has.
Kellen’s journey to this day of wish fulfillment has been difficult.
Starting in 2020 Kellen was in Denver for 10 months for treatment and because of COVID his sister Kenli was not able to be with them. Their family was separated for 10 months with facetime and zoom calls being the only way they could see each other.
But that separation made this moment of happiness even more special.
“The excitement and joy in Kellen’s face when he finally realized what was happening because he was completely clueless up until that point,” said Kellen’s dad Jason
“The moment that he saw that firetruck and started running up the driveway is a moment that I will never forget,” said Kellen’s mom
While Kellen won’t be running into burning buildings any time soon, he will continue to show the bravery of a firefighter every day in his fight against cancer.