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Cops throw surprise birthday party for 9-year-old cancer patient

The Allegheny County Communities and Police Together organization threw a surprise birthday party on Thursday for 9-year-old Joshua Eastman, who is battling leukemia. “We’ve been in contact with him since the patch was delivered in February,” said Joe Risher, community relations manager for the Allegheny County Police Department. “A few of us visited him occasionally, played board games with him, shot nervous targets.” It was in February that Joshua went viral for his love of collecting police patches. Risher said he was texting Joshua recently, talking about his upcoming birthday. “The conversation was about ‘did I catch any bad guys today’, I let him know that I do a lot of teaching, I teach kids bike safety. That’s when ‘ he texted me ‘I don’t have a bike, I don’t have one I know how to ride a bike,’ Risher said. told my friends about Pro Bike + Run, they stood up and said absolutely.” After surprising Joshua outside Ronald McDonald House Thursday afternoon, the officers celebrated their birthday with cake, pizza and gifts One of the big gifts was a new bike.” We’re doing stuff with Joe and they’re doing amazing work, and they called Joe and said, ‘hey can you fix these bikes’ and we were like, ‘ yeah but we’re gonna give it a new bike instead,” said Craig Cuzza, owner of ProBike + Run. “We kind of live for those moments every day, so we can fa go part of something like that; it’s special.” Joshua’s parents told Action News 4 of Pittsburgh that Joshua hadn’t seen his siblings since December, but they were reunited on Thursday. “I’m thrilled, I’m like excited “, said Rebecca Eastman, alongside Jason Eastman. “He was in tears there, we spoke to him and we sang to him this morning because he did not think that we were coming (today). “Joshua’s parents have said he can go home this week, but will continue his treatment every week at UPMC Children’s Hospital.

The Allegheny County Communities and Police Together organization threw a surprise birthday party on Thursday for 9-year-old Joshua Eastman, who is battling leukemia.

“We’ve been in contact with him since the patch was delivered in February,” said Joe Risher, community relations manager for the Allegheny County Police Department. “A few of us came to visit him from time to time, played board games with him, shot nervous targets.”

It was in February that Joshua went viral for his love of collecting police patches. Risher said he was texting Joshua recently, talking about his upcoming birthday.

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“The conversation was about ‘did I catch any bad guys today’, I let him know that I do a lot of teaching, I teach kids bike safety. That’s when ‘ he texted me ‘I don’t have a bike, I don’t have one I know how to ride a bike,’ Risher said. talked to my friends about Pro Bike + Run, they stood up and said absolutely.”

After surprising Joshua outside the Ronald McDonald House on Thursday afternoon, the officers celebrated their birthday with cake, pizza and gifts. One of the big gifts was a new bike.

“We’re doing things with Joe and they’re doing amazing work, and they called Joe and said, ‘Hey can you fix these bikes’ and we were like ‘yeah, but we’re going to give him a new bike to instead,” said Craig Cuzza, owner of ProBike + Run. “We kind of live these moments every day, to be able to be a part of something like this; It is special.”

Joshua’s parents told Action News 4 of Pittsburgh that Joshua had not seen his siblings since December, but were reunited on Thursday.

“I’m thrilled, I’m like excited,” said Rebecca Eastman, alongside Jason Eastman. “He was in tears there, we talked to him and sang to him this morning because he didn’t think we were coming (today).”

Joshua’s parents said he will return home this week, but will continue his treatment weekly at UPMC Children’s Hospital.




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