Four-year-old fighting leukemia dreams of becoming police officer
Posted August 3, 2016 7:04 p.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2016 6:48 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — At 4 years old, Colt Rever has always wanted to be a police officer, but in June his parents received the devastating news that he had leukemia.
"Total disbelief. It was just unbelievable," said Colt's mother, Dolly Rever. "I felt like our world had just crashed down around us."
After the initial shock, Dolly Rever, and her husband, Matt, made a Facebook page in Colt's honor asking for patches from first responders around the country.
"We were totally overwhelmed. It happened so quickly," said Matt Rever. "It blows us away, without a doubt, the amount of support we have received."
Matt Rever said he has stopped counting, but believed Colt has received more than 800 unique patches from across the country.
Apex Police officers brought Rocky the K-9 to visit Colt at the hospital and gave him a stuffed animal replica.
Colt also has his own mini police car. He said he often pulls his father over in the driveway. "Do you know why I pulled you over?" is Colt's go-to line.
Dolly and Matt Rever say they hope someday Colt will be able to follow his dream of being a police officer.
"There is not an option to be anything else but positive," Matt Rever said.
"It is just so wonderful that (police officers) have taken their time out to do this for him and it just shows what a heart of gold all of these people have," Dolly Rever said.
Dolly and Matt say Colt's tests have been promising, and now that he is home from the hospital, he is getting stronger every day. They said they have also scheduled more meetings with officers and other first responders in the area.
Anyone looking to send Colt a patch or another piece of memorabilia can send it to the address below:Attn: Matt Rever Health & Science Studies NCSU 2611 Cates Ave. Raleigh, Nc 27695