Three months after he was diagnosed with leukemia, 6-year-old Cristopher Chavarria ditched the school bus and arrived at his East Boston school this week in a Boston Police Department escort.
The escort on Tuesday, organized by Chavarria’s school to pay tribute to him and his family, was preceded by a walk from East Boston to Chavarria’s home in Revere. Members of the East Boston Central Catholic School community were joined by Boston police officers on the approximately 3-mile walk, and Chavarria was escorted back to the school later in the day, police said.
The school’s principal, Robert Casaletto, wrote a letter to the East Boston police officers Tuesday, thanking them for going “above and beyond what I could have possibly imagined.”
“The escort back to school for Cristopher and his family is something that they will never forget!” Casaletto wrote.
Chavarria was greeted at the school by his teachers and classmates, many of whom were wearing orange T-shirts with the words “Cristopher’s Angels” on them, above a picture of Chavarria himself.
Captain Kelley McCormick of District A-7 (East Boston) drove the cruiser carrying Chavarria to the school, behind seven BPD motorcycles. Chavarria was carried out of the cruiser and reintroduced to his classmates, who ran to him and welcomed him back with hugs.
“The men and women of the BPD were more than happy to oblige a request that left a first-grader feeling like a million bucks and our officers even richer,” Boston police said in a statement.
Chavarria’s doctors expect him to be OK, Casaletto said in the letter, but he still needs to undergo two to three years of chemotherapy treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to a GoFundMe page started on behalf of the Chavarria family.
Chavarria “is hilarious and very charming,” according to the GoFundMe page. “Anybody who meets Cristopher falls in love. He is THAT kind of kid.”