PETALING JAYA: Most boys dream of being superheroes but six-year-old Muhammad Haris Wafiq Mohd Hawary simply wants to be an everyday hero.
The cancer-stricken boy was overjoyed when Make-a-Wish Malaysia helped him experience being a firefighter as a belated birthday present.
Haris idolises firefighters as he sees them as heroic and, like them, he wants to rescue people and be there when help is needed.
Dressed as a firefighter for the event, Haris was taken on a fire truck ride, played a giant game of ladder-and-snakes and took photographs with his heroes.
According to his mother Siti Salwa Abdullah, a 30-year-old housewife, Haris is still under doctor’s supervision but is otherwise in stable condition.
“He is a strong-spirited child so he has been taking the chemotherapy sessions really well,” she said.
His father Mohd Hawary Hanapiah, a 37-year-old audio technician, said his son would likely go straight into Year One in primary school next year despite missing out most of kindergarten.
“The doctor has briefed us but it is up to us whether we want to send him to school or not,” he said.
Make-a-Wish Malaysia chief executive officer Irene Tan said she was referred to Haris by his doctor and successfully granted his wish as the response from the Sri Hartamas Fire and Rescue Department had been positive.
“He is in good condition to enjoy his day. We hope the best for Haris,” she said.
Haris is undergoing chemotherapy and treatment in Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for neuroblastoma, a malignant tumour most commonly found in the adrenal gland and affecting infants and children.
He went for a stem cell transplant procedure in August last year and is on the path to recovery.