A 12-year-old Maple Ridge boy was outfitted in his own red serge, given the title of honourary Staff Sgt. Major, and asked to be the guest of honour at the recent RCMP Musical Ride in Burnaby.
Unfortunately, Casey Wright won't be available for Thursday's musical ride in his hometown of Maple Ridge. But he still holds a special connection to both the RCMP and the North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association (NFTRA) - one of two local organizations benefiting from the musical ride's visit to Maple Ridge on Thursday.
When Casey was six months old, he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour.
Through the years he's endured two rounds of chemotherapy, and is blind in one eye.
This year, Casey was losing the sight in his other eye, a predicament that triggered doctors to remove the tumour on Feb. 1. His father Larry said the surgery was successful, and Casey returned home for roughly five days.
But on Feb. 10, he suffered a stroke at home and ended up spending just under three months at Sunnyhill hospital in Vancouver.
Since then he's been seeing therapists for speech and physio at home and in the community.
Casey's history with the RCMP dates back five years, when he started volunteering as an ambassador for Cops for Cancer. He has co-hosted the Sunshine Foundation Dreams for Kids Christmas party for the past four years and will be getting his five-year service pin Dec. 2. Those connections earned him guest of honour status at the RCMP Musical Ride held Aug. 27 at Swangard Stadium.
Casey is also an equine enthusiast, having completed one season taking of lessons at the NFTRA and hoping to return this fall.
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