Updated from GoFundMe: “Captain John Francis is no longer of this world and now rests at the side of our heavenly Father. He passed away quietly with his family at his side in the early hours of Wednesday morning October 23, 2019.”
The family of an 11-year-old boy from New York, who is battling terminal brain cancer, is making a passionate request of military members, law enforcement, EMS, and firefighting communities—one aimed at encouraging and inspiring for the boy as he continues his difficult battle.
John Francis Hoague-Rivette was diagnosed in May with a grade 3 glioma tumor on his brain stem after experiencing several unexplained symptoms. He was experiencing difficulties talking, eating, and walking. These symptoms were worsening with every day, and soon he started experiencing almost hourlong seizure-like episodes, according to Fox News.
Following a scan of his brain in April, John’s family was told the devastating news–that their son has a rare and aggressive cancer that the doctors could hardly save him.
They were given two options: continue care in the hospital or go home and focus on making John comfortable. So, they chose to take their son home to Whitehall, New York, where he has entered hospice care.
According to the latest update on a GoFundMe campaign set up by his aunt, John’s condition is getting worse and worse with every passing day. But his family said there is one thing that has brought him peace.
John was named an honorary captain of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department in June and as a result, he received an outpouring of support from his local law enforcement community. Since then, firefighters, EMS, and members of the military have joined in reaching out to John.
So, his family asked for is military and law enforcement to send him challenge coins, pins, patches, and prayers.
Carrie Rivette, John’s mother, said that her son has a connection with these communities.
Many of his family members served in law enforcement. Rivette said. “He grew up knowing that police, firemen, EMTs, and military members were a part of something bigger than themselves. He respects them and admired them.”
John held the coins and letters he’s received daily and they help to put a smile on his face on the most challenging days, Rivette said.
Anyone that wishes to send John coins, patches and pins can send them “Captain” John Francis Hoague-Rivette at PO Box 6, Whitehall, NY 12887.
This afternoon, the APD & many from police agencies across the Capital Region met at @AlbanyMed to show their support for John Hoague-Rivette, an 11 y/o boy with brain cancer. John is passionate about law enforcement and we made sure he and his family know they’re not alone. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/sU1i8EosNA
— Albany Police (@albanypolice) July 31, 2019