FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — The Framingham Police Department is hoping to bring some sunshine to the life of a local boy with an inoperable brain tumor.
Devin Suau, 6, captured hearts everywhere after his family spoke with FOX25 about his condition and his hashtag, #WhyNotDevin, which has since gone viral.
Devin was given between eight months and two years to live when he was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). There is no known cure, and his family was hopeful the hashtag #WhyNotDevin would raise awareness in time to find a cure.
Framingham police on Tuesday didn't hold back when they swore him in as police chief for the day. A motorcade reported to Chief Devin’s home to pick him and his family members up. He was then taken back to police headquarters, where he was sworn in by Town Clerk Valerie Mulvey and pinned with the chief’s badge.
From there, Devin was be given a tour of the police station and met with the officers under his command.
His first order of business was clear.
"No homework forever," he declared. "For everyone."
Devin was diagnosed while he was being evaluated for a concussion he received while snowboarding.
Since the family started using #WhyNotDevin, the Mass. State Police, Harvard hockey team, members of the military and families all over their country have offered support.
Kim Kardashian also reached out via Twitter after hearing the news.
Devin is the youngest of four boys and his three brothers shared the day at the police department with him.
"They think it's amazing, we think it's amazing and we're really grateful for the Framingham police and our community," Devin's mom, Chrstine Suau, said.
The hope is that an organization will see the hashtag and offer funding for research and treatment.
“These kids are not given a very long time once they’re diagnosed. If we don’t do something for Devin, or any other child in this situation, its heartbreaking,” dad James Suau said.
Approximately $200,000 has been raised for Devin and his family on a GoFundMe page.
Cox Media Group