10-Year-Old Leukemia Patient Named Honorary Soldier - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/21/03

10-Year-Old Leukemia Patient Named Honorary Soldier

"Buddy what do you want to be when you grow up? In the army!" says 10-year-old Buddy Miller.

Buddy's dream of being a soldier is quickly becoming a reality. Sgt Resendiz, Staff Sgt. Zuniga, and Specialist Adkins are bringing a new set of army gear to their newest recruit, who is fighting leukemia.

"I received a phone call from a gentleman and he told me there was this young man at the hospital who was his life long dream was to be a member of the military so I felt it was our duty to come out here and just back him up 100%," says Sgt. Pete Resendiz.

Buddy decided at the age of 4, he wanted to be a soldier. And at 10-years-old, Buddy is fighting leukemia and the dream of being in the national guard. And it's that enthusiasm and courage that is making buddy a real-life soldier.

"So we are going to make him an honorary member of the Army National Guard right here in Lubbock Texas," says Sgt. Resendiz. Buddy is given his official dog tags and a beret. He's even learning how to salute.

"You go up. That tip of your finger right at the tip of your eyebrow, you can't do that. It has to be totally straight," says Specialist Michael Adkins.

Buddy's mother, Dianne, says these soldiers should have a pair of wings strapped to the backs of those camouflaged uniforms. Buddy's dad, Wallace agrees, saying these soldiers are angels.

"I can't believe they could take this time our of their busy schedules and make buddy's dream come true. We're hoping for the best but at least now his dream is served," says Wallace.

"He's got everybody fighting for him so he's gonna make it through and join the Army and live the dream he wants to live," says Dianne.

These soldiers say it's Buddy who deserves all the credit for being a fighter. "Buddy's a good kid. He's got a good attitude about everything," says Adkins. "I have children almost his age so I can understand what he's going through," says Resendiz.

"It makes me proud to be a soldier right now. When there's somebody like buddy that his life-long dream since he was 4 was to be a soldier," says Adkins.

By the way, Buddy's surgery today went very well, but he's not out of the woods yet. Buddy's parents are encouraging everyone who can donate blood to do so because leukemia patients need platelets. Buddy, for example, needs them three times a week.

You can go by United Blood Services at 48th and University to donate or call (806) 797-6804 for more information.

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