Slater Clifton has had a tougher start to life than most, but with an infectious smile and boisterous personality, you would be forgiven for thinking he was just a regular little boy.
Slater has spent more than half of his short life in doctors’ surgeries and hospital wards, subjected to aggressive and sometimes experimental treatments in a bid to save his life.
He was diagnosed with brain cancer at just 17 months old. Doctors have given him devastatingly slim odds of surviving until his seventh birthday.
So when police from the Coomera station and local firefighters invited the youngster to join them for a day as a junior recruit, it was a dream come true.