Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Fellow students hold signs and cheer for Brandon Royo, 9, at Whittier Elementary in West Valley City Tuesday March 26, 2013. Royo, a second grade student at Whittier Elementary, is dying from medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer.
Terminally ill second-grader fulfills dream with police car ride
Prognosis » Nine-year-old Brandon Flores-Royo has terminal brain cancer.
First Published Apr 04 2013 03:02 pm • Last Updated Apr 08 2013 05:08 pm

West Valley City • Brandon Flores-Royo will never get to pursue his dream of being a police officer.

But recently, the second-grader with terminal cancer was able to pretend for a little while.

Photos
Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

He rode from the hospital to Whittier Elementary in a Granite School District Police cruiser. When he arrived at his school, he was greeted by fellow students and teachers.

Cheers of, "Let’s go Brandon!" echoed from nearly the entire student body at Whittier as two police cars carrying Brandon and his family slowly paraded in front of the school.

The idea of letting Brandon ride in a police car came from his first grade teacher Kathy O’Toole.

"He always wanted to be a police officer, so I thought it would be a great idea," O’Toole said. "Brandon is the sweetest child in the world, and all the kids love him."

O’Toole got the ball rolling and Granite School District was more than willing to help with the request.

Brandon was inspired to be a police officer from his uncle Michael Royo, who is in training to work in law enforcement. Brandon was even wearing a past Halloween costume during his ride in the police car.

The original plan at Whittier was to have the first- and second-grade classes out to greet Brandon as he came back to school, but soon the whole school got involved in the event.

"We have a very supportive community here at Whittier," said principal Lynette Golze. "We didn’t want to deprive any of the students the chance to celebrate Brandon. It is just a precious experience to support one of the kids that we love."


story continues below
story continues below

Allison St. Louis, who is the current second grade teacher for Brandon, knows how much the kids at school love Brandon.

"My kids really needed this because they haven’t seen him for a while," St. Louis said. "Brandon loves school, and he wants to be there and he has the motivation."

St. Louis also said that even when Brandon was starting to feel sick, he didn’t want to mention it so that he could keep coming to school.

Even with doctors estimating Brandon’s life expectancy to be anywhere between two weeks or two months, Brandon’s family is staying positive and refusing to relinquish belief in miracles.

"We don’t lose faith, even though doctors tell him he only has a few days to live," Brandon’s uncle Michael Royo said. "We are very supportive and we are very thankful for all the support."

Brandon’s stepfather Luis Reyes is also not losing hope for a miracle.

"Faith is strong, and with it you can do the incredible," Reyes said.

closeup@sltrib.com

Twitter: @sltribSouth



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.