Mayor Picozzi brings personal ‘Goodnight Lights’ to child battling cancer at home

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- Warwick Mayor, Frank Picozzi, put together a “Goodnight Lights” show for a local boy battling cancer.

Rowan Shaw, 2, of Warwick, was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, which is a rare tumor only 700 to 1,000 kids get diagnosed with a year. We first reported on his story in January.

Rowan was home recovering after his most recent treatment, and because he was not in the hospital, he missed the famous ‘Goodnight Lights’ that bring joy to young children in the hospital.

So, Mayor Frank Picozzi brought the lights to him. Thursday, Picozzi showed up outside Rowan’s home, flashing cruiser lights, giving Rowan his own personal ‘Goodnight Lights’. Rowan is seen in the video shining a flashlight back at him. His father David wrote on Facebook saying that Rowan was so happy, and that “Frank Picozzi is so much more than a good mayor, he’s a good human and that goes a long way in our book. Thank you Frank. It means more than you’ll ever know.”

Mr. Shaw gave ABC6 reporter, Laura Pugliese, an update on Rowan’s progress.

He said that Rowan has been going to his chemotherapy sessions and recently completed his third round.

“He had to stay in the hospital for a few extra days because he struggled with rebounding a little. He wouldn’t eat or drink for 4 days and had a rough go with nausea and energy,” said Shaw.

Despite having to stay in the hospital for some extra time, Rowan hasn’t seen any of the more serious side effects from his last round of chemo.

He has completed the stem cell harvesting part of his treatment as well. Rowan is now back at home and has had a great last few days.

According to his father, Rowan will have a CT scan on Monday to see where the tumor is from. He’ll be undergoing a MIBG scan on February 22 in Boston.

“All in all he’s still handling it all like a champ,” Mr. Shaw told ABC6.

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