Madison Pruitt, 6, is currently in hospice care due to cancer, according to a spokeswoman at the JourneyCare hospice service center that is assisting with her treatment. The girl was honored on Wednesday by the Chicago Police Department, which arrived with 75 officers and gave the girl her own uniform and police badge.
"A caseworker gave us a call and said, 'Do you mind coming over and speaking to her? ... She wants to be a Chicago police officer. It's her lifelong dream,'" Sgt. Ernest Spradley of the Chicago Police Department told ABC's Chicago station WLS-TV. "I said, 'Oh, no, no, no. We'll do a little something better than that.'"
Madison has a rare cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma that attacks muscle tissue. The girl was too sick to go to the police station, but dozens of officers arrived at her door to bring her cheer. One officer even donated his Medal of Valor so that it could be awarded to Madison for her "bravery" in facing her disease, according to a post on the Chicago Police Department's Facebook page on Thursday.