The 4-year-old gets star treatment as honorary Boston police officer

Declan Higgins received an honorary Boston Police officer for the day.

(FOX 25 Boston)

WEST ROXBURY, Mass. – A 4-year-old was smiling ear to ear Saturday, when he received an honorary Boston Police officer for the day and a member of their basketball team at a local cancer research fundraiser.

“We know not what we’re about a year from now, but today is my son, he is happy as he can be,” said father David Higgins.

Declan Higgins, a huge BPD-fan, and being treated for a stage III brain tumor. He has had surgery and radiation at Dana-Farber for the tumor.

“It is one day at a time,” said David.

On Saturday, complete with hat and mini-badge, Declan was picked up from his Medfield home and escorted to West Roxbury for a day of fun and basketball.

Boston police officers were playing in the annual A Shot For Life: the Battle of the Badges to raise money and awareness for brain cancer research at the Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Declan got the chance to be a part of their team as an honorary player when the officer said Boston firefighters.

“I am honored that he is here – he is my favorite player today,” said the non-profit leader Mike Slonina.

Slonina started the non-profit his mother’s brain cancer diagnosis in 2010.

“It is the intention of the people united through basketball,” he said.

And that did – that a large group of people were in West Roxbury to cheer Declan on as he came for the game. There were posters, cheerleaders and lots of police officers give the 4-year-old basketball star of the treatment.

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