Carson City boy facing life-threatening illness takes flight
A Carson City family learned this past Thanksgiving that their 10-year-old boy is not expected to survive until Christmas, but this week, first responders stepped forward to show this boy how much he's loved.
Blake Showe is a big fan of helicopters and December 22, 2016, he got to see a landmark from the sky.
“It was beautiful. I didn't know how big Lake Tahoe was,” said Showe
But his mother Victoria couldn't keep surprise a secret.
"I finally told him the night before because I had to find a reason to get him to the hospital, 8:30 in the morning,” said Victoria Morrison, Blake’s mother.
With help from multiple agencies, Blake got a 30-minute tour of Lake Tahoe, Marlette Lake and Carson City.
“He said mom, my legs really hurt. It was so uncomfortable, but I wouldn't change it," said Morrison.
Thursday’s tour highlighted a bright spot in a battle Blake has been facing since 2014. Last year, doctors diagnosed him with Von Willebrand, which is blood disorder. This year, Blake would be diagnosed with leukemia and a tumor was discovered in his leg. And last month, doctors said he is not supposed to make it to Christmas.
"We didn't even know this kind of thing will ever reach to this point and this Christmas. We were living day by day," said Muhammad Kashif, Blake’s stepfather.
Sergeant Daniel Gonzalez heard Blake wanted to give his $100 gift card for “Holidays with a Hero” to another child because he would not be around to enjoy his toys, so he acted quickly.
"I called my buddy Jason and said, hey what do you think of this idea because we all collaborate and reached out to REMSA,” said Sgt. Gonzalez, Carson City Sheriff’s Office.
REMSA had scheduled a small tour this past Wednesday, but due to weather, they rescheduled to Thursday and let Blake pick where he wanted to go.
"To be able to see his thankfulness and the joy on his face, when he's describing his event in a helicopter that is what makes it all worth it," said Capt. Jason Danen, Carson City Fire Department.
"It brought tears to my eyes when I heard about the story. We are glad that we can do something for him to enjoy and something special," said Markus Dorsey-Hirt, Care Flight Clinical Manager.
Even though Blake is a fighter, he hopes his story can inspire others.
“Keep fighting and don't stop,” said Showe.