Boy fighting cancer who loves police patches is getting one from Southwest Virginia

Joshua Eastman lives in Pennsylvania and his story has gone viral

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Becky Eastman / Wythe County Sheriff's Office

LEFT: Joshua Eastman with some patches he's received RIGHT: Patch sent by the Wythe County Sheriff's Office to Joshua

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – An 8-year-old boy fighting cancer in a Pittsburgh hospital is receiving tons of love and patches from law enforcement agencies across the country.

Joshua’s mom, Becky, took to Facebook thanking a Pennsylvania law enforcement agency for sending patches to her son.

His story gained some more momentum when Freeport, Texas Police Chief Ray Garivey posted about Joshua, letting the world know how much “one of my lil cancer fighting warriors Joshua” loves police patches.

Joshua’s story officially went viral on January 25, after Officer Daniels, a social media influencer with 2.4 million followers on Facebook, made a post, echoing Garivey’s request asking anyone with police patches to send them to Joshua at the hospital.

Facebook, do your thing!

This is Joshua. He's battling cancer and lately things have not been going so well. He loves to collect police patches and opening mail with patches keeps him happy. If you have a patch you can send him I would be grateful to you.

Children's hospital

4401 Penn Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Joshua Eastman 9B

Officer Daniels Facebook Post (Jan. 25, 2022 - 12:17 p.m.)

His post now has more than 30,000 reactions, 4,500 comments and 17,000 shares.

Two days later, the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page about Joshua and included a picture of the patch it was sending off to him.

Since then, that post has become one of the most popular posts in the more than 10-year history of the Sheriff Office’s Facebook page with more than 1,300 reactions, 440 comments and 3,400 shares.

If you do have a police patch to send, the address to send it to is:

Children’s Hospital

4401 Penn Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Joshua Eastman 9B

A GoFundMe page has also been started for the family to help pay for Joshua’s medical bills.