"Sgt. Rollin" Nolan Scully was diagnosed with a rare soft-tissue cancer at 3 years old, and he died Feb. 4, a little more than a year later. (Source: Family/NolanStrong/Facebook)
ST. MARY'S COUNTY, MD (RNN) -Two months since he passed, Nolan Scully's mother described on Facebook the last day of his life.
Ruth Scully posted it April 4 on the NolanStrong page, created by her and dad Jonathan Scully and dedicated to their son's battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. The page had more than 250,000 followers.
Nolan was diagnosed at 3 years old, and he died Feb. 4, a little more than a year later.
"My angel took a breath, opened his eyes, smiled at me and said 'I love you Mommy,' turned his head towards me and, at 11:54 p.m., 'Sgt. Rollin' Nolan Scully passed away as I was singing 'You are My Sunshine' in his ear," she said.
"He woke up out of a coma to say he loved me with a smile on his face! My son died a Hero."
Ruth Scully said she wanted to share his final days to show "his last few days shined with how amazing my son is. How beautiful he is. How he was made of nothing but pure love."
She recounted the conversation she had with her son after the doctor told her his cancer had spread and become untreatable.
Me: Poot, it hurts to breathe, doesn't it?
Nolan: Weeeelll ... yeah.
Me: You're in a lot of pain, aren't you baby?
Nolan: (looking down) Yeah.
Me: Poot, this cancer stuff sucks. You don't have to fight anymore.
Nolan: (Pure Happiness) I DONT??!! But I will for you Mommy!!
Me: No Poot!! Is that what you have been doing?? Fighting for Mommy??
Nolan: Well DUH!!
Me: Nolan Ray, what is Mommy's job?
Nolan: To keep me SAFE! (With a big grin)
Me: Honey ... I can't do that anymore here. The only way I can keep you safe is in Heaven. (My heart shattering)
Nolan: Sooooo I'll just go to Heaven and play until you get there! You'll come right?
Me: Absolutely!! You can't get rid of Mommy that easy!!
Nolan: Thank you Mommy!!! I'll go play with Hunter and Brylee and Henry!!
She said Nolan loved his family fiercely. He wanted to protect and serve others as a police officer or a firefighter, like his dad. He was sworn in as an honorary officer by the police commissioner while he was at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Nolan was given a hero's send-off by his Maryland community, with dozens of first responders saluting him as his body was taken to its final resting place, with the casket carried on top of a fire truck. Flags were flown at half-mast in his honor.
"I look at everything he accomplished in four short years and can only think of what he could've accomplished with a longer life. But sadly because of childhood cancer (Rhabdomyosarcoma to be specific), the world and our family will miss out on someone so full of love, who just wanted to protect and serve," she wrote. "We HAVE to do better with funding, research, treatment options."
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