At work, one valley man is a leader as a Metro captain in the northwest valley. At home, he is a dad who is faced with a major challenge right now.
Captain James Larochelle says, “The intent is we can get that one piece of evidence. But, there was always that one part in your mind, the back of your mind, to say when is the shoe going to drop, because I have it so good?”
Larochelle says that time came the day after he was promoted to Metro Police captain in March.
“This is kind of our challenge in life. It’s an obstacle, a burden to bear for a moment,” says Larochelle.
His daughter Rosa was diagnosed with leukemia.
“It’s something that really hits you in the chest,” says Larochelle.
“You know you get to bed, you know one night, and then you wake up,” said Rosa’s mother Lourdes Larochelle. “The next morning, the phone rings, and there’s that phone call, and then your life will never be the same.”
Rosa is undergoing treatment now. At 9-years-old , she’s shy and has a love for art. She shared with the I-Team how she learned about her diagnosis.
“She brought this bone, and she opened it and showed me the different types of cells, including the leukemia cells,” she said.
The Larochelles say Rosa’s most recent biopsy revealed she has a 97-percent survival rate. They are thankful for support from family, friends, and Candlelighters, which is a local non-profit.
This Saturday, the family will help raise money for Candlelighters, which helps families dealing with childhood cancer. Team Rosa is gearing up for the Superhero 5K.
“We absolutely know that Rosa is going to beat this thing in a little bit, and we’re going to be in a much better place and have just a greater appreciation of things,” James said.
While Rosa’s recovery continues, they’re already looking forward to paying it forward.