Birthday wish comes true for boy fighting cancer

Make-A-Wish Foundation helped make celebration happen

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A community came together Monday to give one little boy a special birthday wish.

This week Xavier Pereira turns three years old, but for the last month, the vibrant little boy spent his time in a hospital, getting blood transfusions, spinal taps, and chemotherapy.

Michelle Pereira, Xavier’s mom explain what treatments are still ahead, “next month will be okay, the next month looks a little rougher. So it’s one day at a time, one week at a time.”

Xavier has Acute Lymphoid leukemia.

On Monday, with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and two iPads, Xavier got to celebrate his birthday with the people he’s missed the most during his treatments his pre-school classmates.

With mom on one end, and dad on the other, using “Facetime”, Xavier and his classmates ate birthday cake together.

After the cake came the fire truck as members of the Ludlow Fire Department came to give Xavier a first hand look at what it would be like to be a fire fighter.

Ludlow firefighters pulled their fire truck up right in front of his home. Xavier got to sit in the driver seat and even practice spraying the hose.

But the surprises didn’t end there. Peg Wheble, regional director for the Make a Wish Foundation, told 22News the iPads they used for his birthday party will stay with the family and at the preschool, so that he’ll be able to be part of his preschool for things like story-time.

Right now, Xavier is in remission. It will take five years of remission before doctors will dub him cancer-free.


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