8 year old with terminal illness made Sheriff for the Day

Eight year old Kaleb Holder who has been diagnosed with ALD in its final stages got his wish granted by the Lehigh County Sheriff and members of Sheriff’s Office who honored him as “Sheriff For The Day.”

Kaleb’s condition is terminal and as his wish was to someday to be a Police Officer the Sheriff of Lehigh County made sure that the young boys wish came true. Kaleb’s condition is far too advanced for treatment and that he’ll lose many of his senses in months. After that point the child will go into a vegetative state and then he’ll live a possible year longer according to accounts. 

Kaleb was sworn in during the morning’s events after he was dressed in a uniform shirt. Handed his own duty belt and his own Stetson. After that he took a ride in a patrol cruiser for about 20 minutes and got a kick out of hearing the siren on. He toured the station along with his Deputies and met the presiding judge.  After the day’s activities he was given a replica of the Departments vehicle as a token of the day.

The following notice was put up on the Leigh County Sheriff’s Official Web Site:

On Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. the Lehigh County Sheriff and members of the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office hosted eight year old Kaleb Holder as “Sheriff For The Day.” Kaleb, a third grader at Kratzer Elementary school (Parkland School District) has been diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare genetic disease that affects myelin, the protective sheath that surrounds the brain’s neurons, the nerve cells that provide the ability to think and control muscle movement.

Kaleb was “sworn in” by Sheriff Hanna and presented with a Deputy Sheriff’s shirt signed by all the Lehigh County Deputy Sheriffs. Additionally, through the donations of the Deputies, he was presented with assorted gifts and a gift card for Toys Are Us. He visited with Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas President Judge, the Honorable Edward D. Reibman.
Following a brief lunch, he was given a ride in Sheriff Hanna’s patrol vehicle and visited with firefighters at one of the Allentown Fire Bureau Firehouses.

Kaleb’s favorite subject is Science. He likes to watch Scooby-Doo and enjoys spending time building Legos with his mother Janelle, father Gordon, and his siblings Colleen and Janeen.

He loves music and his favorite song is “Best Day of my life” by American Authors.

Sheriff Hanna commented ” The men and women of the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office have been exemplary in their generosity and compassion…our mission today is to make this a memorable occasion for Kaleb and to put a smile on his face”.

To learn more about ALD please visit this link STOP ALD.

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