FORT LEE, VA (WWBT) - A local boy battling leukemia is granted a wish.
Fourteen-year-old Daniel Phelps has always wanted to be a soldier. On Friday, his dream came true. Daniel arrived at Fort Lee bright and early to be a soldier for the day. Dressed in his army issued uniform and shouting out the army's battle cry, "Hooah" Daniel is good to go.
"It's awesome," said Daniel.
When he's old enough, Daniel wants to fight for his country. Right now, he's fighting leukemia. He was diagnosed with the disease last year.
"It was hard in the beginning. He was very sick. He's doing so much better - I'm so thankful," said his mother Shirley Trejo.
As a soldier for the day -- Daniel got to check out tanks and recovery vehicles. He had a lot of questions. Daniel took a break from his duties to tell us why he wants to be a soldier.
"They're cool and they fight for people's freedom," he said.
Daniel's family says they're grateful for this day.
"Nothing like this has ever happened. You always have to work for what you want and need and for people to do this -- it's just a lot of love," said Trejo.
Daniel's mother was moved by the kindness of others.
"It's special in my heart that so many people can make one person happy and try their best to do everything for him so he can be happy," said Trejo.
Daniel says he's on a mission -- to beat leukemia and to be all that he can be. He calls this experience, " way cool." He says soldiers are the best.
"They helped my dream come true, " said Daniel.
Daniel is a rising eighth grader from Chesterfield. His leukemia is in remission.