Chief for a Day is about celebrating the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition. The hope is to provide these children with a day of fun they will never forget and to become a part of their precious lives. It is the mission of Chief for a Day to help these children and their families to forget about their illness, even if only for one day. The Chief for a Day event is held bi-annually on even years at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. On the day of the event the little chiefs attend a ceremony where they are sworn in as "Chief" for the day. After the swearing in ceremony, the little chiefs and families get to experience a day of fun, food and demonstrations by law enforcement agencies.
Meet our 2016 Chief for a Day "Chief Lillie"
Lillie is an elementary student in the Puyallup School District and will be entering 2nd grade in the fall of 2016. Lillie was diagnosed with brain cancer in November 2014. Shortly after being diagnosed, Lillie underwent surgery to remove the large tumor at the base of her skull. During the surgery nerves were struck which resulted in paralysis to the right side of her face. She began her chemo treatments immediately following surgery. Lillie's last chemo treatment was in February 2016. Lillie is currently in remission but still faces several surgeries to correct the paralysis as well as skull reconstruction.