In recognition of National Brain Tumor awareness month, we would like to introduce 7 year-old Jack Culverhouse, our newest member of the Dallas Police Department.
On December 10, 2013, Jack was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). DIPG is a type of brain tumor found in the pons of the brain stem. The brain stem affects most all of the natural movements of the body. DIPG is one of the most resistant types of cancer that has no cure and primarily affects children. Approximately 300 children in the United States are diagnosed every year.
Jack may be young, but he is tough beyond his years and if anyone can define courage and strength, that would be Jack. On Friday, May 1, 2015, the Dallas Police Department had the opportunity to honor Jack and be Tough Like Jack. He is the great grandson of the retired and late Detective/Chaplain Billy Combest, #1148. Billy served the department for over 50 years as both an officer and a volunteer Chaplain. Chief Brown had the honor of making Jack a Honorary Detective and presented him with a badge displaying the same number as his late great grandfather. Jack was also presented with a certificate and a honorary police uniform as well as gifts from the Heroes, Cops, and Kids, Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, and the Dallas Police Association.
If you would like to make a donation to Jack, visit his GoFundme page here or you can make a donation to The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. They are a volunteer-driven charity aimed to raise money for childhood cancer research. Money raised by St. Baldrick’s helps fund the much needed research for childhood cancer. For more information on The St. Baldrick’s Foundation and how to support their cause, please click here.