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A break from their routine

by Bryan Terry Published: July 26, 2013
Cancer patient Jaxon Dugger, 3, lifts his fireman's hat at the Warr Acres fire station, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Cancer patient Jaxon Dugger, 3, lifts his fireman's hat at the Warr Acres fire station, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

Three-year-old Jaxon Dugger made a funny face as he posed for a thermal imaging camera after climbing through the black interior of a Warr Acres fire truck. Dugger, from Hollis, Okla., had just finished proton therapy treatment for Ewings Sarcoma brain cancer at ProCure in Oklahoma City.

 

Jaxon Dugger, 3, from Hollis, Okla., gets help from firefighter Clay Carpenter with a fire hose. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Jaxon Dugger, 3, from Hollis, Okla., gets help from firefighter Clay Carpenter with a fire hose. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

He and several other child patients, along with their families, spent Wednesday evening eating pizza and getting a tour of the Warr Acres Fire Department.

“I like to be able to take them out of their element and put a smile on their face.” said Warr Acres firefighter Tony Peevylane.

The visit was part of weekly outings for the child patients at ProCure to give the children a break from their routine at the treatment center. The Warr Acres station hosts a group of children from ProCure usually every 2 to 3 months.

 

Cancer patient Sam Oliver, 13, from London, laughs with Warr Acres firefighter Tony Peevyhouse after Oliver set of an alarm as he sat down inside the fire truck for a ride. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Cancer patient Sam Oliver, 13, from London, laughs with Warr Acres firefighter Tony Peevyhouse after Oliver set of an alarm as he sat down inside the fire truck for a ride. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

Sam Oliver, 13, of London, laughed after accidentally setting off an alarm as he climbed in a fire truck for a ride. Oliver said he really enjoyed watching the cars pull over as the truck drove through the neighborhood behind the station with it’s siren on.

Jaxon Dugger’s father, Cody Dugger, is a volunteer firefighter in Hollis so being around a firestation is second nature for his son. “He enjoys new experiences and meeting new people,” said Dugger.

 

Children gather to pose for a group photo on a Warr Acres fire truck on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Children gather to pose for a group photo on a Warr Acres fire truck on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Cancer patient Emily Weightman, 14, from Manchester, slides down a fireman's pole inside a Warr Acres station on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Cancer patient Emily Weightman, 14, from Manchester, slides down a fireman's pole inside a Warr Acres station on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Children run through water from a fire hose as cancer patients, along with their family, from ProCure got a chance to have dinner and tour the Warr Acres fire station on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Children run through water from a fire hose as cancer patients, along with their family, from ProCure got a chance to have dinner and tour the Warr Acres fire station on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Cancer patient Sam Oliver, 13, from London, sits beside Peyton Dugger, 6, from Hollis, Okla., as they wait for a group photo on a Warr Acres fire truck, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Peyton is caner patient Jaxon Dugger's sister. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Cancer patient Sam Oliver, 13, from London, sits beside Peyton Dugger, 6, from Hollis, Okla., as they wait for a group photo on a Warr Acres fire truck, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Peyton is caner patient Jaxon Dugger's sister. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

 

-Bryan Terry

 


by Bryan Terry
Photographer
Bryan Terry is a native of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yukon High School. He first picked up a camera while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. After working for the school newspaper, The Vista, he interned at The Oklahoman. He...
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