Posted: Apr 20, 2017 2:40 PM
SHERIFF OFFICE ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR ONE SPECIAL GIRL
It was a busy afternoon for one Bossier Parish elementary student who is battling cancer.
Emilie Gibson was given an all-access pass to the Viking Drive Substation. Capt. Doug Lauter and staff left the doors of the substation opened to give this remarkable girl the VIP treatment from the sheriff's office..
Nine-year-old Emilie was diagnosed with the worst possible disease...a DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) which is a deadly brain tumor and the prognosis is about as bad as it can be. Approximately 50% of kids do not make it a year past diagnosis and 90% don't make 2 years. “Time is not on our side and we are in the fight for her life,” said her dad Trey Gibson.
Emilie’s visit included a swearing-in ceremony as a junior deputy by Sgt. Tina Fruge. She was fingerprinted for future identification after she was caught driving our simulator too fast. Emilie got an inside look of one of our patrol units and was also able to let the wind fly through her hair on one of our motorcycle patrol bikes. Emilie and her family got a chance to meet K-9 Patrol Deputy “ACE”. To end her visit Emilie and her brother Alex was treated to three members of the motorcycle patrol unit performing maneuvers through an obstacle course.
Emilie also took a picture with Bossier Reserve Deputy Greg Shy, who is a cancer survivor. He encouraged Emilie and her family to keep the faith in this fight for her life. When Greg asked Emilie what she was going to do she replied, “Just keep swimming,” a phrase she adopted because she loves to swim.
Although there is no cure for Emilie’s condition, the Gibson’s remain vigilant. Emilie has received care at University Health in Shreveport, St. Jude and Le Bonheur in Memphis. They continue to research different clinical trials from San Francisco to London and everywhere in between, they will stop at nothing to find a way to save Emilie’s life.
For more information, visit the ‘Friends of Emilie Gibson’ Facebook page or the GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/emilies-cure.