Four-year-old, Nolan Scully, tells mom that he will wait in heaven for her just moments before passing away. A heart-melting and heartbreaking story of a child’s faith.
Nolan was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma when we were just three. Rhabdomyosarcoma is an aggressive and highly malignant form of cancer that develops from skeletal muscle cells that have failed to fully differentiate. It is referred to as a rare soft-tissue cancer.
With Nolan’s fighting spirit and courage, he has captured the hearts of his local community and hundreds of thousands of netizens across the world.
Sgt. Rollin Nolan
Jonathan, Nolan’s dad, was the Chief of Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. Like his dad, Nolan also wanted to serve the people by becoming a police officer. Jonathan stepped down his position after his son received the diagnosis to spend more time taking care of him.
In order to fulfill Nolan’s dream, the city’s Police Commissioner commissioned Nolan while in his hospital bed as an honorary police officer. He is now Sgt. Rollin Nolan.
Everybody was praying and fighting for Nolan and his doctors worked tirelessly just to restore his health. But his little body just wanted to give up.
“We were sat down with his entire team. When his Oncologist spoke, I saw the pure pain in her eyes. She had always been honest with us and fought alongside us the whole time. But his updated CT scan showed large tumors that grew compressing his bronchial tubes and heart within four weeks of his open chest surgery. The Metastatic Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma was spreading like wildfire. She explained at this time she didn’t feel his Cancer was treatable as it had become resistant to all treatment options we had tried and the plan would be to keep him comfortable as he was deteriorating rapidly.” Nolan’s mom, Ruth, recalled.
Nolan’s heartbroken mother decided to tell her little boy about the painful news, but the sweet angle’s reaction showed how strong his faith is.
Ruth shared how her last conversation with her son went.
Me: Poot, it hurts to breathe, doesn’t it?
Nolan: Weeeelll…. yeah.
Me: You’re in a lot of pain aren’t you baby?
Nolan: (looking down) Yeah.
Me: Poot, this Cancer stuff sucks. You don’t have to fight anymore.
Nolan: (Pure Happiness) I DONT??!! But I will for you Mommy!!
Me: No Poot!! Is that what you have been doing?? Fighting for Mommy??
Nolan: Well DUH!!
Me: Nolan Ray, what is Mommy’s job?
Nolan: To keep me SAFE! (With a big grin)
Me: Honey … I can’t do that anymore here. The only way I can keep you safe is in Heaven. (My heart shattering)
Nolan: Sooooo I’ll just go to Heaven and play until you get there! You’ll come, right?
Me: Absolutely!! You can’t get rid of Mommy that easy!!
Nolan: Thank you, Mommy!!! I’ll go play with Hunter and Brylee and Henry!!
Nolan’s last moments
After that moment, Nolan’s family spent their remaining time with the kid.
“We laid in bed together and he sketched out how he wanted his funeral, picked his pallbearers, what he wanted people to wear, wrote down what he was leaving each of us, and even wrote down what he wanted to be remembered as… which of course was a Policeman,” Ruth said.
On February 4, 2017, Ruth took a quick shower but upon entering the bathroom, Nolan took his last breath and went into a deep sleep. Upon stepping out of the shower, the entire medical team who took care of Nolan was surrounding him with tears in their eyes.
“I love you, mommy.”
Ruth rushed to her son’s side and a miracle took place.
“I ran and jumped into bed with him and put my hand on the right side of his face. Then a miracle that I will never forget happened…My angel took a breath, opened his eyes, smiled at me and said ‘I Love You Mommy’, turned his head towards me and at 11:54 pm Sgt. Rollin Nolan Scully passed away as I was singing ‘You are My Sunshine’ in his ear.” Ruth recalled
This is a heart-shattering yet a miraculous final moment for Nolan. His story shows us that no matter how this life may end, there always a better life that awaits us in heaven.