Last Sunday, surrounded by friends, family, and the Colorado Springs Police Department, 4-year-old Joshua Salmoiraghi joyfully rung the “Warrior Bell” at Children’s Hospital Colorado signaling the end to his final round of chemotherapy.
According to The Gazette, Joshua’s battle with cancer started when he was diagnosed with a Stage IV kidney cancer known as a Wilms Tumor in 2017. After what was thought to be a successful removal accompanied by chemotherapy and radiation treatments, the cancer returned in January 2018.
The next round of chemotherapy and radiation Joshua would have to undergo would be a more aggressive treatment with stronger drugs.
Days before his second, six-month round of chemotherapy was to start, Joshua was sworn in as an honorary officer at a special ceremony, where his history with the department started.
“We’re hoping it never comes back. Never, ever, ever,” said Joseph Salmoiraghi, Joshua’s father.
Since completing chemotherapy, Joshua is scheduled to undergo a course of radiation treatment before learning whether the cancer is in remission.