Justin Hinton and Kristi Nelson, NBC 5 News
Multiple law enforcement and government agencies join a cancer-stricken 6-year-old Michael Malone on a play date he will never forget.
Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in a play date for a 6-year-old fighting cancer.
"Team Michael" representatives declared Michael Malone a special agent and showed him their crime fighting equipment.
Michael's parents, Mike and Alison Malone, said they were grateful for the distraction so their son could focus more on the fun and less on the pain.
"It's incredibly overwhelming," Alison Malone said. "We're very grateful, and we are touched by their kindness."
Doctors diagnosed Michael with Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma on Dec. 21, 2009. It's a very rare pediatric cancer typically found in infants and small children. Most are diagnosed before the age of 5. Michael was 4.
"He has never given up," Mike Malone said. "He's relentless. He looks forward to every day. He's a lesson to us all in how to live your life."
Michael loves basketball, soccer and video games. He's the president of his kindergarten class, and his best friends say he's the "tag master" and the "math machine." In other words, he chases them all down whenever they play tag at school and loves math.
On April 20, Michael's body stopped responding to treatment. Since then, his parents have made him as comfortable as they could in their home.
"The journey's he's been on, the stuff he's been though, the things he's managed to accomplish during all this, is much harder than for him than it is for us," his father said.