This five-year-old boy battling leukaemia had his dreams come true and it will warm your heart
Matteo Papa had the best fifth birthday.
Brave Matteo Papa, a young boy from Ontario in Canada, has seen his dream come true on his fifth birthday.
Papa, who is receiving treatment for leukaemia, has around 18 months to complete it.
But one thing has always been on his mind – to become a firefighter.
Celebrating Matteo’s 5th Birthday. His birthday wish is to one day grow up to be a firefighter! 👩🚒🚒👨🚒 pic.twitter.com/FRcDzbtoe9— Vaughan Fire (@VaughanFire) March 20, 2018
So firefighters in his home city of Vaughan, near Toronto, came together to give him a gift he would never forget, allowing him to join their department for the day.
The five-year-old was gifted his very own uniform – complete with helmet – and he rolled up to school in a fire engine, driven by his new colleagues at the local fire department.
Larry Bentley, the Vaughan Fire Chief who greeted Matteo, told CTV News Toronto: “I had a couple of tears there for a minute. It’s a special day for us to give back to the community and to Matteo.”
I wanna see that boy driving a fire truck one day!!! Godbless— Maaybach (@iMaaybach) March 21, 2018
This is wonderful. Hope the lil man can keep up the fight💜— HDelReyXO (@HDelReyXO) March 21, 2018
Hats Off To The #FireFighters, great Respect to you Gentlemen 🙏🙏👏👏— Harbinder Singh (@harbinder2211) March 21, 2018
In pictures posted on the Vaughan Fire Twitter page, Matteo is seen standing proudly among his heroes, looking every bit the part in his gear.
His mum, Judy, told CTV: “It’s been a long road, but thanks to SickKids and the doctors and nurses, they helped us get through this.”