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3-year-old with DIPG becomes honorary game warden, honorary police officer

Posted at 11:49 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 12:49:29-05

WACO, TX — One little girl is taking on some major titles and adventures in McLennan County.

Ceagan Roberts is three years old and full of smiles and bravery. Bravery that has been recognized by the McLennan County Game Wardens, Hewitt Police and the Hewitt Fire Department.

Roberts has recently been recognized as an honorary game warden and an honorary member of the Hewitt Police Department. But now she not only holds badge 148, but the hearts of first responders in McLennan County as well.

Roberts was diagnosed in September with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG.

DIPG is a type of tumor that starts in the brain stem, the part of the brain just above the back of the neck and connected to the spine. The brain stem controls breathing, heart rate and the nerves and muscles that help us see, hear, walk, talk and eat.

Unfortunately, the survival rate for DIPG remains very low, according to St. Jude. At this time there is no cure for this tumor. The brain tumor team at St. Jude along with colleagues at many other pediatric brain tumor programs across the U.S. will continue to strive toward finding a cure for patients with DIPG.

Ceagan’s older sister is classmates with the son of Jimmy Bennett. Bennett started the nonprofit JMB Fishing Foundation.

In 2017, he helped a young child with the same diagnosis as Ceagan. He has since helped several kids with terminal illness and special needs by taking kids on fishing trips, hunting trips, limo rides and more.

Bennett and the Roberts family have brought the community together for this cause with first responders happy to chip in and enjoy precious time with Ceagan. You can follow Ceagan’s Journey through their Facebook Page.