Rays of Sunshine granted Saksham’s greatest wish to be a real life Fireman Sam for the day
Five year old Saksham is currently living with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, which he was diagnosed with on his fifth birthday. Since then, Saksham has undergone intense, and regular, chemotherapy.
Nicknamed ‘Fireman Sam’ by his mum and dad, Saksham very much lives up to his name, described by his family as a very ‘brave and positive’ little boy and ‘considered as a superhero amongst his friends’. The five year old admires ‘real life superheroes’ and the top of his list are Firemen, making his greatest wish to spend the day as one.
Upon arrival to the station, Saksham was presented with his very own London Fire Brigade uniform before going out on the rounds with Firefighter Alexander Cardy, to inspect the rest of the brigade’s uniform to ensure they were in tip top condition.
Saksham then got to experience life as a real Firefighter taking part in a practise drill with the entire crew, spending time with the crew in their break room and riding in the fire engine.
Sanjeev, Saksham’s father, said:
“Saksham was diagnosed with blood cancer last year on his fifth birthday. We had a very tough time until his chemotherapy finished in November. My family was completely exhausted with frequent visits to the hospital, rigorous treatment & its side effects.“
“Saksham’s wish was beautifully organised. Everyone at the fire station worked hard to keep Saksham happy and make him smile. The day brought lots of positive energy to our whole family. Thanks to all of the brilliant staff at the station and to Rays of Sunshine for organising his wish.”
Firefighter Alexander Cardy said: “Saksham made a brilliant firefighter, approaching every activity with energy and enthusiasm.
“He helped the crew in a routine drill, using the hose reel, and even managed a rescue of a stricken watch member from the third floor of the tower! He is a true inspiration and it was an absolute pleasure having him at the station.”