Youngster gets new bike from Sheriff’s Department

(L to R) Deshawn, Palmdale Station Captain Bobby Denham, Deputy Robbie Royster.

PALMDALE – Seven-year-old Deshawn has lived with eczema, asthma and various food allergies all his life. He likes to play, but can’t play in the grass because of allergies. He likes waterfalls, but can’t stay in the water for any length of time. And he likes Chuck E. Cheese but can’t eat the pizza because of the sauce.

Making friends is also a challenge for the Palm Tree Elementary second grader.

“Nobody wants to play with him because of his condition,” said his caregiver Tyisha Terry. “Some days he’ll say ‘oh my friends laugh at me’.”

Deshawn has managed to keep a positive attitude through it all, Terry said.

This positive attitude earned Deshawn some much-deserved recognition Wednesday.

The youngster was invited to the Palmdale Station where he was surprised with a brand new Diamondback bicycle and helmet, courtesy of the Sheriff’s Departments 999 for Kids program.

“You are a deserving young man and this will be great for you,” Captain Bobby Denham told the youngster. “We are really proud of you and we want you to continue the great job that you’re doing.”

Denham said he heard about Deshawn’s story through a social worker and was moved by the youngster’s courage.  He said the 999 for Kids program was created for kids like Deshawn.

“The men and women of the Sheriff’s department give their own money to help provide things for these young people,” Denham said. “To see somebody like that who’s struggling… and then to see their face smile, it really means a lot to me.”

The 999 for Kids program was established in 1985 by the Sheriff’s Depart and the Department of Children and Family Services to make a positive difference in the lives of special needs children. Deputies raise money to purchase items and services for these children, including sport wheelchairs, computers, special education classes, and medically-oriented toys and games.

  6 comments for “Youngster gets new bike from Sheriff’s Department

  1. david G
    May 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    my daughters uncle robby making the news and for something good this time and not giving a press release for some tragedy that happened in the AV.

    right on the little guy look very happy.

  2. J. Ripper
    May 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    It’s Chuck E. Cheese.

    • J. Ripper
      May 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      And he’s not missing much in their “pizza” either.

  3. Ali
    May 31, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Aww I love this! Such a cute little boy!

    So often the Sheriff’s Dept is painted in a negative light. Truth is unless you have done their job you have no idea what they have to go through. We adapt to our surroundings and I know if I had to deal with the type of people they do I wouldn’t be seen as the nicest person in the world either. I am glad that we get to see this side of them as well. :)

  4. Quigley
    May 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Thank you Captain Denham and the Palmdale Sheriff Station and Staff! The smile on Deshawn’s face says it all!

  5. S. Parker
    May 31, 2012 at 8:26 am

    This is a GREAT story. Thank you for publishing the article and giving our sheriffs a heart!

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