On April 20, Darrius, 6, was able to see his one true wish to be a police officer and catch bad guys come to life thanks to Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the Phoenix Police Department and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I want the world to be safe,” said Darrius, who suffers from sickle cell disease, a life-threatening condition that has meant the loss of his spleen and multiple hospital visits.
Phoenix PD planned a special day, which included a pick up at Darrius’ apartment with the entire squad and then a trip the Deer Valley airport, where Darrius went through K9 unit training before jumping into a helicopter for a tour of the city. Darrius even rode in the pilot seat of the helicopter for the first part of his tour – something typical officers only dream of!
After coffee and donuts at Starbucks with his partner, Darrius had a chance to catch some bad guys when “Major League foes” captured his brother Jermaine to take him hostage. Darrius tracked down the bad guys and his brothers at Chase Field with the help of Baxter, the Arizona Diamondbacks mascot, and used his new handcuff skills to cart the bad guys off to jail.
Afterwards, Darrius and his more than 200 fans who joined the celebration, enjoyed Blue Bunny ice cream in celebration of their “100 years, 100 wishes” campaign.
“This gives me hope, it gives me strength so when the bad days come, I’ll have a little more strength to get through them,” said mom Andrea.