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Teen Battling Aggressive Cancer Becomes Police Detective for a Day

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Sixteen-year-old Sean Dixon was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer, and despite going through over 50 rounds of chemotherapy and getting his leg amputated because of the disease, he has continued to fight not only for his life but for his life-long dream of becoming a police detective.

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Sean P. Dixon

To celebrate his 16th birthday, the New York’s Suffolk County Police Department invited the teenager to become a police detective for a day, complete with his own identification card and a badge.

“It was pretty great. I got to see all the different types of things that go on in the police department and it was really nice that they were able to get that together. They made a dream become a reality. It was something I’ll never forget,” Dixon told ABC News.

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Sean P. Dixon

Dixon’s interest in detective work was inspired by his grandfather, John Henderson, who served the Nassau County Police Department for more than three decades, as well as family friend detective Ed Troyano who initiated the “detective for a day” surprise.

The 16-year-old’s work day schedule was packed – working with experts in the evidence, discussing cases with fellow detectives, working with K-9 units, and spending time with 911 dispatcher listening to calls.

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Sean P. Dixon

Dixon’s condition is undoubtedly serious but his zest for life and positive outlook help him to continue fighting.

“It’s been hard and long journey, but of course I’m positive. I want to beat this and just want to get better. I’m trying to continue my life and make everything as best as it can be,” Dixon said.

Sean P. Dixon

The teenager learned so much about the life he wished to live in the future because of the exercise. However, Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said that the members of the police department also learned a lot from Sean. “We also learned what Sean was all about. He’s about hope, determination and he’s certainly inspired the members of the department,” said Sini.

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After Tragedy Struck, Chris Lawrence Was Determined To Stay In Uniform

The endurance of the human spirit and the willingness to achieve one’s life mission is nothing short of incredible, and no one exemplifies it quite like Chris Lawrence. On duty overseas as a sergeant in the Marines, a terrible incident changed the course of his life, and altered the function of his body.

He struggled and persevered to find a way to make it work – and put his life on the line. Chris refused to let his circumstances dictate the terms of his future, and recognized an amazing opportunity. But there was one big question. Would he be able to keep wearing his uniform?

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After Prom Night Disaster, This High School Girl Chose To Fight Back

For many teens, prom is one of the highlights of their high school experience. The iconic dance has become a central reference to secondary education, but the reality of the event is often more bittersweet for some of its attendees. For some, the much-anticipated night leaves pleasant memories while others would rather forget prom. The ultimate school dance is often very symbolic as teens say goodbye to their high school years before they move on to the next phase in life. Such was the case for Virginia teen Clare Ettinger who thought she was going to have a memorable night of partying with boyfriend and friends. However, the night quickly turned into a tearful disaster that ended with her wondering what she’d done wrong.

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Hardcore Marvel Fans Have Started An Epic, Superhero-Themed Baby Name Revolution

It's no secret that most baby names (even subconsciously) are inspired by happenings in media, technology, politics, and other global events. While there are many possible influences, the movie industry may be owed the most credit for the creative and thought-provoking titles given to certain infants. But, which franchise is currently dominating the baby name scoreboard? The Media-Driven Age Of Baby...

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