HAYWARD, Wis. (October 2019): Nolan Bearheart was proudly sworn in as an honorary Sheriff of Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. It was a big deal for this pint-sized 4-year-old who was barely big enough to fit into his official sheriff shirt (donated by Galls) complete with his embroidered name and department patches. Nolan has an extremely rare genetic condition called Lamin A/C muscular dystrophy, and he wants to be a police officer just like his mom and dad. It was all part of a special reveal for his wish through Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses.
During Nolan’s big celebration, he was surrounded by a sea of blue and stars, with police officers and sheriffs gathering to show their support of Nolan with high-fives, stickers, rides in a police car and an official SWAT tactical vehicle, and lots of cupcakes. “We ate our weight in cupcakes,” joked Nolan’s mom Courtney. While his parents thought Nolan’s wish was him being deputized, the day’s festivities revealed more. Kids Wish Network and the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department kept a big secret. He was presented with Mickey Mouse ears, and his family was all surprised to find out that Kids Wish Network was making his dream come true, sending his family to Disney World! “Kids Wish Network threw it out of the park, it was amazing!” said his mom. “I can’t even believe this. A thank you can’t even cover it.”
“We’re so happy that Nolan’s local law enforcement community joined forces and made finding out about his wish so special,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. “He had an outpouring of support, and he still has his magical Disney trip to look forward to.”