Vietnam veteran gives his medal to boy fighting cancer

Rowan Shaw and his mother, Kendall. (The Providence Journal / Kris Craig/TNS)

A Warwick boy fighting cancer has received some special gifts from a Vietnam veteran, according to the Warwick police.

The police have been collecting police and fire patches for Rowan Shaw, 2½, who is being treated for high-risk metastatic neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer that produces fast-growing tumors.

Patches from the FBI, and public safety departments in New York and Detroit, many states and “some amazing local departments” have recently been sent to the Warwick Police Department for Rowan.

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But it was a gift from retired U.S. Army Sgt. Charlie Trent that really moved police officers behind the effort. The veteran delivered a Bronze Star and his chevron for Rowan.

“This is the most heartfelt, humbling gift we’ve received for Rowan,” the police said in a Facebook post.

The Bronze Star is awarded to service members who show heroism in the field or are meritorious in their work, according to the Medals of America military blog.

Many people from the Warwick community and beyond have shown support for Rowan. Earlier this month, public safety officials from around Rhode Island, and some from Massachusetts, paraded their vehicles past Rowan’s house with lights flashing.

“At this point in our journey, not many things bring us to tears anymore,” the police said in their post.


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