The 4-year-old little boy was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma – a rate of soft tissue cancer at the age of 3.
Nolan did not hangout on the very thought of his death as he reached his last breath but he believed in his faith. After understanding that he would soon have to face death, he told his mother Ruth that he would wait for her in Heaven.
Nolan’s family began a Facebook page including the good and bad occasions of his life journey immediately after his diagnosis.
According to their family friend Frank Bell, “Every battle he’s had just bounced back, unbelievably”
“You knocked him down, he just came back and ran.”
Little Nolan’s ambition was to become a police officer one day. He wanted to serve his community the same as his dad Jonathan. Jonathan was a firefighter. Jonathan stepped out from his duty as his son’s diagnosis was made.
During the period of hospitalization, the Police Commissioner of the city made Nolan swear as an honorary police officer to make his dream true and he was commissioned as Sergeant Rollin’ Nolan on this extraordinary day.
Many people who loved Nolan prayed for him. They were the ones from his family and strangers alike. They won’t ever forget these unbearable days.
“We 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.”
The difficulty of the family to process this news, cannot be expressed in words at an instant like this. Nolan’s mother was trying to strengthen herself to explain what is happening around him. But it is an amazing surprise to identify Nolan’s pure and strong faith. He was not feared or moved by the very thought of his death but he has asked his mother that he would wait there in Heaven to meet her.
Ruth, Nolan’s mother shared one of the conversations with her child a few days before his death:
*Mom: Poot, it hurts when breathing, doesn’t it?
*Nolan: Well…. Yes mom.
*Mom: You’re in much pain, aren’t you my baby?
*Nolan: (looking down) Yes mom.
*Mom: Poot, this Cancer stuff sucks. You don’t have to fight anymore.
*Nolan: (Pure Happiness) I DON’T??!! But I will for you Mommy!!
*Mom: No Poot!! Is that what you have been doing?? Fighting for Mommy??
*Nolan: Well DUH!!
*Mom: Nolan my baby, what is your mommy’s duty?
*Nolan: To keep me SAFE! (With a big grin)
*Mom: Honey … I can’t do that anymore here. The only way I can keep you safe is in Heaven. (My heart shattering)
Nolan: If it is so, I will just wait in heaven and play until you come! You will come here, right?
*Mom: Absolutely!! You can’t get rid of Mommy that easily!!
*Nolan: Thank you Mommy!!! I’ll go play with Hunter and Brylee and Henry!!”
The 4-year-old Nolan spent the best time with his family and other loved ones in his final days. He was very fond of lying beside his mother as he could hold her and see her then.
According to Nolan’s mom, on the last day of his life, Ruth the mother was permitted to have a quick shower and soon after she closed the door of the bathroom her son, Nolan closed his eyes and went into a deep sleep, starting the end of his life.
When she was out after her shower, little Nolan was surrounded by the whole medical treatment team. Her son had slipped into a coma while she was in her shower, and his lungs had stopped functioning.
“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 at 11:54 pm Sgt. Rollin Nolan Scully passed away as I was singing ‘You are My Sunshine’ in his ear.”
Nolan’s mother shared a side by side photograph of him along with the memories of Nolan. Little boy was very fond of laying down on the bathmat outside the shower.
Even though it is hard for Nolan’s family to accept his death, they had understood that he was a small child of great faith. Their belief of his goodbye is temporary as he knew that Jesus would pay for, us make them a little comfort to this day.
“The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. On that day they will say, ‘Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.’” Isaiah 25:8-9