Help Cleveland boy with half a heart make his dream a reality

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CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Division of Police, the Cleveland Office of the FBI and A Special Wish Foundation are joining forces with FOX 8 News to make one amazing little boy’s dream come true.

And you can help.

Come out and cheer 6-year-old CJ DeJohn as he becomes Cleveland’s chief of police on Thursday. You can find him at Tower City at 11:15 a.m., Gateway Plaza at 2:15 p.m. and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Plaza at 3:15 p.m.

CJ was born with a rare congenital heart condition that effects one in 5,000 babies. Basically, he has half a heart. By the time he was six months old, he already had three open heart surgeries.

“I actually didn’t get to hold him until he was a few days old. And his first open heart surgery was at five days old,” his mother Whitney DeJohn said.

He’s been a patient at the Cleveland Clinic since he was 2 years old. While his recovery has been difficult, he still dreams of protecting people.

“We’re not sure if he can actually be a police officer with his heart condition so that’s why we think it’s a really special thing,” his mom said.

CJ Saves CLE