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Mix102.3’s Max & Ali fulfil young boy’s final wish to be a cop for a day as community rallies around

Mix102.3’s Max & Ali, along with local celebrities and community support, made eight-year-old Sammy’s dream come true by turning him into a police officer for a day as he battles an inoperable brain tumour.

In a moving effort to make a dream come true, Mix102.3’s popular morning show hosts, Max & Ali, orchestrated a special day for eight-year-old Sammy Scully, allowing him to become a police officer for a day. Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in January 2023, Sammy, from Andrews Farm, has a limited prognosis. Despite this, he was able to enjoy his ultimate day on Tuesday, 14 May, as he took on his dream role within the South Australian Police.

Sammy, affectionately nicknamed ‘Our Boy in Blue’, received significant support not only from the community but also from several notable South Australians, including Premier Peter Malinauskas, cricketer Alex Carey, Crows’ ruckman Reilly O’Brien, and singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian. They all played a role in making the day unforgettable for Sammy. The Premier issued a ‘Stop Work’ order during the event, encouraging local residents to gather at Rundle Mall in a remarkable display of community spirit.

Sammy’s journey to this point began tragically last December when he had a fall, which led to unsteady balance and slurred speech. His condition was confirmed at the hospital, where the devastating diagnosis was made. Responding to a heartfelt request from Alison, Sammy’s mother, Victoria, Alison’s best friend, reached out to the Max & Ali to the Rescue segment on Mix102.3 in a bid to bring some light into Sammy’s life.

On the appointed day, Sammy’s adventures began with a thrilling ride in a police helicopter from his school to Adelaide Oval, continuing with a police escort to Rundle Mall. As an honorary Senior Sergeant, Sammy was tasked with a playful mission to locate and apprehend ‘criminals’ — impersonated by O’Brien, Carey, and Sebastian.

Guy Sebastian expressed his eagerness to support Sammy during an interview. “It’s such a heartwarming thing that you guys are doing… I’m going to come down and whatever you need me for, I’m there to help!” he said.

This sentiment of support was echoed throughout the community, with local businesses like Edible Blooms, Addison Road Takeaway, and Interflora contributing to the cause by donating vouchers and experiences to aid Sammy’s family during this challenging time.

The emotional weight of the situation was not lost on the radio hosts themselves. Ali shared her thoughts on the ordeal faced by Sammy’s family, noting the harsh reality of dealing with a child’s severe illness, saying “This is any parent’s nightmare…one day, out of the blue, finding out your child is incredibly sick just because they tripped over at school. We just want to help Sammy and his family create incredible memories, whilst helping him live out his dream of becoming a police officer.”

Max continued, “It’s impossible not to be hit hard when you hear this story, it’s completely devastating. Meeting Sammy and seeing how cheeky he is, we just wanted to give him a day to remember.” 

Meanwhile, Alison shared a more personal side, discussing the daily struggles of keeping her family’s spirits up despite numerous setbacks. “I mean even besides his [Sam’s] diagnosis, our lives have kind of started to get a bit [difficult]. My rent was put up $140 a week, I’ve had issues with the car, and it’s just been one thing after another on top of [Sammy’s illness], so it’s been tough.

“As long as they [the three kids] are smiling every day and they don’t see me break every day (but I do break every day), I just want them to be happy as long as possible,” Alison continued. 

When describing her little boy, Alison said: “[Sam] is an absolute rocket that doesn’t stop. Even though he’s got a brain tumour, it still hasn’t changed his outlook on life… He knows I’m in awe of him, he knows that he’s my warrior. I have so much respect for him.”

“I can’t believe the outpouring of support from the people of Adelaide…You have moved mountains for my little boy, and I can’t thank you enough!” Alison concluded.  

This initiative is part of Mix102.3’s broader effort to support locals facing hardships through their Max & Ali to the Rescue campaign. The station continues to invite nominations for others in the community who might benefit from a similar gesture of kindness. To apply, register here: https://www.mix1023.com.au/competition/max-ali-to-the-rescue/

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