Sheriff rolls out red carpet for boy
suffering with recurring tumors
By Jeff Burton Friday, December 30, 2011 10:00 pm
The walk from a patrol car to the Porter County Jail
doors is a walk most dread. For Aidan Carter, it was a
birthday dream come true.
car was fun. He put the lights on and turned on the
sirens," Aidan said as he left Officer Matt Boone's
A fan of law
enforcement, Aidan was named an honorary special deputy
Friday morning by Sheriff David Lain and given an
all-access tour of the department's massive Ind. 49
It was a
birthday surprise doctors thought he might never see.
neurofibromatosis, a genetically inherited disorder that
causes recurring tumors on his nerve tissue, Aidan has
spent much of his nine years in and out of hospitals,
losing much of his sight when tumors were found on his
At age 3,
Aidan began a year and a half of intense chemotherapy
treatments. In June, after a recurrence, he completed
another yearlong round of treatments.
Heidi Carter, said when the family left their home near
Columbus, Ohio, to spend the holidays with her family in
Valparaiso, Aidan had no idea what was in store for him.
His grandmother, Linda Whitton, a professor at the
Valparaiso University School of Law, arranged the
what he wanted for Christmas and I said anything
police-related," Heidi Carter said. "He loves law
enforcement. He dresses up as a policeman about three or
four times a week."
she called one of her friends who knew Lain and the
sheriff agreed to arrange the visit, complete with a
gift bag of Sheriff's Department flying discs, key
chains and other items, along with a framed certificate
and a real badge from a former officer.
second-grader was in awe going for a ride to Morgan
Township High School with Boone, then touring various
offices in the building and getting briefly locked up in
a holding cell.
said as he looked around the jail with his 13-year-old
Aidan's father, said his son will be hanging his badge
and certificate in his bedroom.
probably be talking about this the whole six hours going
home," his father said with a laugh.