Fighting for Frank: Wico. Sheriff presents first grader with bike
WICOMICO Co., Md. – On Monday, Frank Kirwan, a 6-year-old boy from Mardela, got the surprise of a lifetime.
The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office showed up to Franks school and presented him with his very own customized motorcycle, and designated him as an honorary member of their Mobile Unit.
Frank recently learned that he suffers from two different medical conditions.
Amanda Kirwan, Frank’s mom said, “He was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis 1 and he has Optic Pathway Glioma.”
This means Frank has tumors growing on his brain, so he has to undergo chemo soon.
Amanda Kirwan said, “It is not cancerous, the tumors, they grow on his optic nerves. The reason for the chemo is to try to shrink those tumors.”
The treatment will be lengthy, and the trips to Johns Hopkins University will be frequent.
Amanda Kirwan said, “Once a week for a year.”
The next year will be hard for Frank and his family, so that’s why the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office decided to step up and offer their support.
Sheriff Mike Lewis with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said, “It’s important that he knows everyone in the community stands behind him.”
Frank has been obsessed with police officers since he was little.
Sheriff Lewis said, “He does want to be a law enforcement officer when he gets older.”
If you’re wondering why, it’s because Frank says, “They under arrest bad guys.”
That’s why it was only fitting that the Sheriff’s Office get involved.
Sheriff Lewis said, “There were a number of us at the office talking about what we could do to give back to Frank and his family and our Motor Unit stepped forward.”
While with Frank, Sheriff Mike Lewis offered some emotional words of encouragement.
Sheriff Lewis said, “You’re gonna have good days, you’re gonna have bad days, I promise you that but you stay focused on the good days. I promise you you’re going to get through this buddy.”
To help pay for medical bills, a benefit will be held on Wednesday, December 4th at Brew River in Salisbury. At the event there will be guest bartenders. If you want to help Frank’s family you’re encouraged to attend! You can also buy bracelets to help the family with medical bills. All of the details are on the Fighting For Frank Facebook group.