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  1. Sheri Cruthers

    what a beautiful example you and your precious family have been with strength and the love of Christ through all your struggles. It makes my heart swell to see the compassion in our fellow Alaskans and especially the Alaska State Troopers. This is what we need to see more of on the news programs. Bless you!

    • Adrianne Shelton

      Thank you. I felt the same way: more of this in the news. That’s why I couldn’t keep this to myself any longer!

    • Jacqueline M Ducharme

      Loved the story. And saved the receipe. Tell Joel, I love the troopers to and watch them on tv every day down here in Minnesota. We have a daughter and a 8 year old grandson who live in Fairbanks. Love Alaska but not in the winter.
      May your Holidays be blessed and hoping Joel is doing well.

  2. Laura

    SO precious and Brave your Joel is. I love to hear stories of Big Boys taking care of little boys. Those State Troopers are awesome to take the time to drop in on Joel! Such sweet men. Memories to last a lifetime, God knew exactly who to put in Joel’s life (his brother in laws) to make these events happen. Thanks for sharing your story.

  3. Jen

    Adrianne, my heart, love, hugs, and prayers go to lil Joel, you and every one his lil heart has touched! This story melted my heart. And brought tears to my eyes when I got to the part of his dreams coming true. I can relate to the tough, scary and some sad points. My daughter was just diagnosed with a brain tumor on October 6th, that can not be removed due to it being on her eye nerves? We was flown to Seattle the day we found out through the MRI and cat scan. We just got back November 17th. She has a whole year of chemo therapy ahead. I will add Joel, and the family to my prayers. Stay strong. ❤️??

    • Adrianne Shelton

      We’ll be praying for you. We had the amazing opportunity to meet some kids who survived brain tumors a few years ago. It’s amazing how far they’ve come. Joel is doing well now, he’s 9 and finished chemo 6 months ago. Thank you for commenting. There are also a lot of recipes on here that worked for Joel during chemo, I hope they are helpful to you.

    • Hal Docherty

      Jen, my 14 year old was recently diagnosed with a tumor in the brain stem. Similar story from yours. Can you email me? I’d be interested in the diagnosis if at all possible.

      coldalaskan@gmail.com

      I will be praying for your child and family.

      Providence sent our MRI to OHSU Portland for a second opinion.

  4. Royal Bidwell

    This is a wonderful example of our Alaska State Troopers, and law enforcement people all over the country in general. We need to circulate stories like this more often to emphasize the goodness in people instead of sensationalism the tiny minority of bad guys.

  5. Linda L Miller

    This is a heartfelt story.
    It brought tears to my eyes.
    I’ m glad Joel has someone to look up to, and wants to become one!
    Hello to you Trooper Shelton!

  6. Linda Messer

    What a beautiful and heart warming story this Thanksgiving eve. Thank you for sharing with us. Your blog is a delight. You will be very grateful tomorrow and every Thanksgiving. I’ll pray for Joel and all of you. The Troopers, too. I write with a smile which is your gift to me. Oh, and adorable photos. Many blessings.

  7. Scott Deal

    As a retired Alaska police officer (City of North Pole) your story hit home. That’s what being a cop – and a Christian – is all about. Thanks for sharing this story. You are a brave lady and your son is a brave boy. Tell him that this retired cop says “Welcome to the ranks!”
    My prayers are with you.

  8. Judi Walgenbach

    Blessings and prayers for all concerned! Brought tears to my eyes and God bless our troopers and all law enforcement peoo

  9. E. Seaman

    Wonderful story. So thankful for what the troopers have done for your son. I live in North Carolina and have been fighting cancer for almost eight years. God is good all th he time even in the rough times.

  10. Leslie G

    This post always brings tears to my eyes! Super Trooper Joel, I am so proud of you! ? You have taught us all so much thru out this journey. And to the Alaska State Troopers and Palmer PD, you are amazing! Thank you for making a little boy’s dream come true.

    • Adrianne Shelton

      Things are going really well, thank you! He had blood work done yesterday and they called him a rockstar 🙂 Almost a year off chemo and he is thriving! We’re so, so thankful 🙂

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