By ARDEN BASTIA It's not everyday a limo gives you a lift home from the hospital, but Cole Robinson rode home in style Thursday. Cole was escorted to Hasbro Children's Hospital Thursday for his very last treatment, after battling acute lymphoblastic
It’s not everyday a limo gives you a lift home from the hospital, but Cole Robinson rode home in style Thursday.
Cole was escorted to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Thursday for his very last treatment, after battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for the past 28 months.
He had the chance to ride in a white stretch limo followed by a parade of sirens and lights from first responders around the state.
Cole’s ceremonial ride home was hosted by Enzo’s Escort, which was founded by Rebekah and David Neri in honor of their son Lorenzo who survived his own battle with childhood cancer. Rebekah, a Cranston Police Officer, and David, a Cranston Firefighter, made sure Cole went to his treatment in style with an entourage of first responders from Warwick, Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, and the State Police. Mayor Frank Picozzi also attended, welcoming Cole back home.
“I feel like I was an important person. It felt like I was going to a fancy event,” said the 13-year-old of his special transportation, adding that the fire trucks were his favorite part.
Cole was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April 2019, shared his mom, Dawn, at the homecoming. The family was on vacation in the Poconos when Cole started to feel sick. Dawn said they thought it was a stomach bug at first.
Since then, Cole has been in the hospital every few days for the past two and a half years, first spending 6 weeks in the ICU.
This past spring, Cole was well enough to return to Warwick Veterans Middle School to attend in-person classes a few days a week.
“He’s a fighter,” said Dawn. “Hockey has really got him through. His favorite team is the Bruins and whenever the Bruins would win, he would always seem to be doing a little better.”
Cole, who plays hockey for the Warwick Junior Blues, scored a goal and an assist on Wednesday night before going in for treatment on Thursday, an accomplishment he said he’s “very proud” of.
Dawn shared that the “staff at Hasbro has been dynamite” and the response from neighbors and friends has been “overwhelming.”
“He’s doing well, he’s feeling well, his counts are good,” said Dawn, adding that Cole will get his port out in a few weeks. “It’s overwhelming and we’re so grateful for all the support and friendships. Seeing Cole go through this has made me so strong.”