For almost 2 years, Trucker Dukes & his family have spent time in NYC while Trucker was receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. They were staying at the Ronald McDonald house near Engine 44.
After Trucker’s passing, FDNY firefighters immediately started a fundraiser. The generosity was so overwhelming, they posted on Facebook that, “between this fund and other flight/points donations, 15 members of Eng.22, Eng.44, Eng.39, Lad.13 & Lad.16 are presently en route to Maui.” He went on to say, “I was also able to partially assist 4 more department members, they will cover their own return trip, but, 19 members will be there for the Dukes family and attend the Celebration of Trucker’s life on Friday.”
The first group of FDNY Firefighters boarded the plane this morning and are heading to Maui to Celebrate the life of FDNY Honorary Firefighter Trucker Dukes.
The three-year-old boy who captured hearts around the world died on March 3rd after losing his battle with cancer. Trucker was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma at the age of one. His parents made the difficult decision to stop conventional treatment after two years of trying to rid his body of cancer. He was recently brought home to Maui and placed under hospice care.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Hope Chapel in Kīhei.
Those in attendance are asked to bring a pūpū to share as they join in celebrating the way Trucker touched the lives of thousands as he battled a form of childhood cancer.