3-year-old battling cancer gets to be firefighter for a day

Published: May. 3, 2018 at 6:02 PM CDT
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A 3-year-old Loyal boy received a day he'll never forget - and hopefully helps him forget, at least for a day, about his battle against cancer.

"Today is really just about him," Marshfield Fire Chief Scott Owen said.

With help from the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department, along with the UW Oshkosh crew from 'Love Your Melon', it was arranged for three-year-old Lincoln Schrock to be a firefighter for a day.

"Firefighters are his heroes," Lincoln's mom, Kaitlyn Schrock said.

"Once we learned about Lincoln's back story, it became even more special for us," Owen added.

Lincoln was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma on September 23 last year, 20 days after he turned three. It was after his parents noticed he was having trouble walking from leg pain.

"Took him to the E.R. They did x-rays and didn't really find anything then," Lincoln's father Matt Schrock explained. "But the next morning, they called us and said they'd like to have us come in, consult with a doctor because they think it could possibly be cancer."

Lincoln underwent six rounds of chemotherapy at Marshfield Cinic. Then they transferred his treatments to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. They'll return later this month as part of the seven rounds of immunaltherapy.

"They're very, very painful for him," Kaitlyn said. It's very hard to see him screaming in pain. But yet, at the same time, you know that's what is saving his life."

It's working. Lincoln's last scan showed his bone marrow was clear, and the cancer was nearly clear except for a small spot on his hip. But Thursday, nothing but smiles were present for Lincoln and everyone taking part in the day.

It's been amazing, I've been smiling the whole time," Miranda Sullivan with Love Your Melon shared. "It's just awesome seeing how happy Lincoln is."

"This is something I think he's going to be talking about for years," Kaitlyn said. "He's got his own little coat now. And I know that he'll be wearing that around the house for a long time."

Love Your Melon helped arrange the day. It's an apparel brand that gives hats to every kid battling cancer in America.

Lincoln got to share the day with his little brother Bridger, who his parents say has helped keep Lincoln active and smiling.