A Texas community, including members of law enforcement, is mourning the death of 7-year-old Abigail Arias, who served as a light and an inspiration to so many with her determination to become a police officer.
Since Abigail became an honorary Freeport officer, also known as Officer Arias 758, she received an escort to her funeral service on Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, with some drivers pulling over to watch her hearse pass by, according to ABC13.
The first responders’ vehicles left Clute at 7 a.m., leading the way for the little girl who passed away due to cancer to Grace Church Houston in southeast Houston.
Abigail’s teachers and friends at Angleton ISD also came to say goodbye. One classmate recalled Abigail’s “soul was pure life.”
It was back in 2018 when little Abigail told Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey that her dream job was to become an officer. He made her wish come true in February of this year.
The little girl was surrounded by loved ones and officers from several different agencies around Texas when she and 32 others were sworn in on Feb. 7.
Abigail was first diagnosed with stage 4 Wilms’s tumor at age 4. She underwent 90 rounds of chemotherapy to shrink and remove the tumor, but that almost killed her. For five months, her cancer laid in remission.
But the cancer came back in April 2018 and spread to both of her lungs. Abigail’s doctors told the family there was no cure. Her cancer was terminal.
The honorary officer lived her life to the fullest during her brave fight against cancer, but tragedy struck in October 2019, when the family began asking for prayers as doctors recommended hospice care. She died on Nov. 5.
Abigail’s story was shared around the world. Many in attendance said her legacy will live past today, as she started the Officer 758’s Cancer Fight Fund – a charity that shares her badge number and now help children with cancer.
“We started with what we are calling Abigail’s Reach, because she has reached so many people across the world, and we are going to provide experiences for other children going through the cancer journey,” Page Friudenberg said.