CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Philip Igo was just two years old when he was first diagnosed with liver cancer. After beating the disease for two years, he now battles leukemia. So, local officials in Campbell gave him a big surprise for some encouragement.
Roughly 15 police and fire departments’ responders filled Sycamore Drive in Campbell Saturday afternoon to surprise four-year-old Philip, a cancer survivor and current cancer fighter.
“Totally unexpected. I heard them come around from the back, and I start crying. Instantly, tears, like absolutely amazing,” said Melissa Igo, Philip’s mom.
“This is an awesome little boy. He’s a fighter. His courage is absolutely beyond admirable,” said Campbell Mayor Nick Phillips.
The officers and firefighters — and other officials — drove by Philip’s house with flashing lights.
“It’s a little bit heartbreaking to see any child not well, and you know, this is what it’s all about, coming together as friends and family to support one another,” Phillips said.
Family friend Denise Gulu put the event together overnight by calling on a Campbell policeman to gather his department for the occasion.
“We in Campbell, we are a small community. We’re very powerful together when we come together, and I wanted to do something special for him,” Gulu said.
The turnout was beyond what anyone expected, even the mayor of Struthers showed up.
“The response we got was incredible, as you can see. I think everybody we called showed up today, so that speaks volumes of our area,” said Struthers Mayor Catherine Cercone-Miller.
Philip got a first look into what it’s like being a police officer. He sat in a police car, turned on the sirens and even received a real badge.
Officers also gave him gifts from his Amazon wishlist.
“It’s amazing to see what can be done, what can be achieved, over just a 12-hour span that we’ve been trying to put this together. It’s really great, and I really hope he enjoyed it,” said Campbell Police Detective Sargent Tim Rauschenbach.
“Stuff like this really makes his day, it really does,” Melissa said.
She says they are extremely thankful and appreciative for the love they received from everyone involved.