COLORADO SPRINGS – Today is an important day for honorary Colorado Springs Police Officer Joshua– the 4-year-old will start his last chemotherapy treatment cycle.
Officer Joshua was sworn in back in April, he’s battling Stage IV Kidney Cancer. Today the Colorado Springs Police Department posted this picture of Officer Joshua on social media and said his counts are high enough to make this the last time he will endure chemotherapy.
He is expected to undergo radiation to the chest in about 3-4 weeks.
He was initially diagnosed with the disease on Father’s Day weekend at just 3 years old. Doctors were able to remove an 11-centimeter long tumor along his left kidney, that originally spread to his abdomen, lymph nodes, and lungs.
He was official considered in remission on December 30, 2017, but less than a month later a new tumor was found in his left lung. The tumor was removed and was confirmation that the cancer was coming back.
Before the toddler was to undergo another aggressive round of chemo, the Colorado Springs Police Department decided to have him take the oath of office. He did so on April 17, dressed in his custom-made uniform.
Joshua’s family moved to Colorado Springs from Los Angeles in March. His father, Joseph Salmoiraghi, is a disabled veteran and pastor. His mother Amanda, is a Major in the USAF stationed at Peterson Air Force Base.
Joshua also has two older brothers, Benjamin and Timothy.
We send Joshua and his family our thoughts and prayers during what is beleived to be this final round of treatment.