Warwick community holds drive by light show sendoff for 2-year-old battling pediatric cancer

"This is wonderful. I'm sure Rowan and his family are loving this. Warwick is a great city and we come together when we need too," said Jamie Carroll.

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – The community came out to rally around 2-year-old Rowan Shaw, who is battling a rare form a pediatric cancer.

Rowan was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma in December of 2020. Doctors said it’s a rare tumor that only 700 to 1,000 kids get diagnosed with a year. The tumor sits on his adrenal gland and spread into his bones, causing him to lose his ability to walk.

Rowan is set to leave for Boston to continue his treatment on Monday.

On Saturday night, the Warwick community wanted to give him a proper sendoff.

Hundreds of people drove by Rowan’s home, flashing lights, beeping their horns, and waving to him through a window.

Organizers told ABC6 that the support was overwhelming.

“This is wonderful. I’m sure Rowan and his family are loving this. Warwick is a great city and we come together when we need too,” said Jamie Carroll.

Organizers said they plan to hold another drive by lights show when Rowan returns home from treatment in Boston.

Rowans father told ABC6 that his son’s tumor has shrunk by 30%.

To follow Rowan’s journey, visit: Fight For Rowan | Facebook.

If you’d like to visit his GoFundMe page, visit: https://gofund.me/bd581987.

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