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Local boy with terminal cancer inspires firefighters around the world to fulfill dream

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LINCOLN CITY, OR (KPTV) -

A local boy's final struggle has inspired firefighters from around the world to fulfill his dream.

Young Daniel Christiansen is now part of a special brotherhood.

"When one is hurt, we all come together," said Lincoln City Volunteer Firefighter George Blacketer.

Daniel Christiansen, 3, has terminal Neuroblastoma. His parents say doctors have given him days to live.

"He looks at us, and I think he understands. But I don't think he wants to leave us just yet," said the boy's father, Duncan Christiansen.

Before cancer takes their youngest son, the Christiansen family asked the Lincoln City Fire Department to make his dream come true by letting him ride on a fire truck.

But after meeting the brave three year old, the department decided to make him an honorary firefighter.

"If I can help to make him happy for five minutes,  that's five minutes he's happy and he doesn't have to worry about anything," said Blacketer.

A photo snapped of the precious moment was posted to a newly created Facebook page called, "Firefighters for Team Daniel."

Thousands of local firefighters have since re-shared that photo, making Daniel an honorary firefighter at stations across the world.

"I mean you name it, any city in the country, from the nation's capital to some tiny little volunteer department," said Lincoln City FireFighter Phillip Rilatos.

"And it doesn't stop there. We've seen photos from Canada, South Africa, Ireland, England, Germany and Belgium - the list goes on."

"You know I think once the firefighters made him an honorary firefighter, I was reading him comments about how firefighters never give up, and he perks back up and fights," said Duncan Christiansen.

But, fight as he may, Daniel's health is quickly slipping.

So much so that his brothers at the Lincoln City Fire Department have now parked their truck outside of his home, just to show they're with him.

"We're telling him that it's OK to stop fighting. We're gonna miss him. But we will carry him with us," cried Duncan Christiansen. "We tell him, you'll go to heaven, and we'll be with you again."

It's a powerful tribute to the brave little boy who's inspired the world.

"It's been an amazing gift to call Daniel our brother," said Rilatos.

"He will be in our hearts forever in everything we do. He's going to be with us," said Blacketer.

The family tells FOX 12 they've had a lot of people ask how they can help during this difficult time. And they believe the best way is to send Daniel prayers and love on his Facebook page.

The Lincoln City Fire Department has also set up an account for the family at http://www.gofundme.com/daniels-fund 

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