Phoenix police pray for child with cancer

Just by the sound of her laugh you wouldn't know 2-year-old Natalie was battling stage 4 cancer. The chemotherapy and hospital stays haven't shaded her sunny personality.
"She does really good. She's happy for the most part," said Natalie's mother, Amber Willard.
But Natalie is in the fight of her life. And her family is doing everything they can to help her through this.
"Natalie loves the police hats so my sister asked a police officer if he would come," said Willard.
Through social media, Phoenix Police officer Norman Heuer connected with Natalie's family. Members of his squad answered the call, stopping by the hospital with hats, patches and gifts for Natalie.
"Of course my whole squad ran with it and one of the officers said if we do this we're going to adopt her. She's going to be part of our squad. She's going to be 237 x-ray," said Officer Heuer.
"She was excited. She kept saying she was going to take her aunty to jail because she says bad words and she was excited about that," said Natalie's mother.
Unfortunately cancer is not a criminal the officers could put behind bars. So they did what they could; they prayed for Natalie.
"So we all took hands. Officer Kelby put a hand on Natalie's back and said a beautiful prayer for her. Just asked God to watch over her and help heal her," said Officer Heuer.
"It was emotional. Afterward we talked about it. It was hard not to break down after that because she's a beautiful little girl and you just want the best and hope that she's healthy."
The visit and the prayer were intangible moments that Natalie's family says they are extremely grateful for.
"We don't know them at all. It was really touching and it means a lot to us and the family," said Amber, Natalie's mother.
"So now she always says 'I'm a policewoman' so it was something special for her."
Natalie and her parents will be traveling to New York next week where she is scheduled to have surgery to remove the tumor in her abdomen.
Phoenix officers are planning to visit Natalie again when she returns home, keeping their promise to be there for her as she is officially the newest member of their squad.
To help her family, donate to Natalie's GoFundMe page:
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