Local Boy Battling Cancer Enjoys Dream Day - Palm Springs News, Weather, Traffic, Breaking News

Local Boy Battling Cancer Enjoys Dream Day

Posted: Updated:
Palm Desert, CA -

Battling cancer is hard, and it's even more difficult if you're only 11-years-old.
A Coachella Valley boy is now cancer-free, but it will still be a long road to recovery.

It's been a lot of really difficult days in a row for Javier Jacob "JJ" Luna and his entire family, but today was a good day thanks to the community.

"My son was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on July 18th. It's been really hard to see him go through all that," said JJ's mother, Lorraine Garcia.

11-year-old JJ Luna is finally cancer-free, following four rounds of chemotherapy.

After more than half a year of fighting cancer, he's now learning how to fight crime as an honorary deputy at the Palm Desert Sheriff's Station.

"We've got JJ here who is a cancer patient, and we're going to let him be a deputy for the day," said Captain David Teets with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, "I'm a cancer survivor myself, so it's especially meaningful for me to be able to do this."

JJ plans on wearing the uniform someday as he wants to be on a police SWAT team.

"He's beyond excited right now, he's all talking about it, what he's going to do, what he's going to wear, and this stuff, so it was really cute," said Lorraine.

The good day didn't end there as Caliber Collision and Allstate donated a vehicle to Lorraine, JJ and the other children.

"Restoring the rhythm of lives, that's our motto, so we just want to help the families, and obviously today was a great day, they loved it," said Brandon Mclain with Caliber Collision. 

"For the next five years every week or every two weeks to Loma Linda, so it's going to help us a lot," said Lorraine.

JJ is cruising in some really cool wheels these days, as he shows the courage that we see in those in uniform.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Indio

    School Teaching Golden Rule for Over Three Decades Closing, Leaving Educators and Parents Heartbroken

    School Teaching Golden Rule for Over Three Decades Closing, Leaving Educators and Parents Heartbroken

    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:58 AM EST2017-12-14 16:58:40 GMT

    Children run to hug Eloise Freeman, at Trinity Lutheran Child Development Center, and tell her they love her frequently. Eloise, better known as Ms. Freeman, has worked at Trinity Lutheran Child Development Center for 35 years. As director, preparing students for elementary school is her passion. "The Lord blessed me with something that I love to do and very few people get that," she says adding that to her, little ones under her care are not j...

    Children run to hug Eloise Freeman, at Trinity Lutheran Child Development Center, and tell her they love her frequently. Eloise, better known as Ms. Freeman, has worked at Trinity Lutheran Child Development Center for 35 years. As director, preparing students for elementary school is her passion. "The Lord blessed me with something that I love to do and very few people get that," she says adding that to her, little ones under her care are not j...

  • Banning

    Man Who Allegedly Struck and Killed Motorcyclist in Banning Arrested

    Man Who Allegedly Struck and Killed Motorcyclist in Banning Arrested

    Thursday, December 14 2017 7:49 PM EST2017-12-15 00:49:14 GMT

    A man who allegedly struck and killed a motorcyclist in Banning, then ran from the scene is in custody on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.

    A man who allegedly struck and killed a motorcyclist in Banning, then ran from the scene is in custody on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs Unveils the Downtown Redevelopment Project

    Palm Springs Unveils the Downtown Redevelopment Project

    Thursday, December 14 2017 7:58 PM EST2017-12-15 00:58:27 GMT

    It's a day that's been in the works for years, and surrounded by scandal and controversy, Palm Springs is ready to officially unveil the downtown redevelopment project.

    It's a day that's been in the works for years, and surrounded by scandal and controversy, Palm Springs is ready to officially unveil the downtown redevelopment project.

Powered by Frankly