Adriana Nixon loved playing softball and had a dream of someday being a police officer.
Sadly, both of those were taken away when she passed away on Feb. 5 at age 8 after battling stage 4 hepatocellular carcinoma, a liver cancer and one of the rarest childhood cancers. Studies show that less than one child in a million is diagnosed with HCC, and it is very resistant to chemotherapy, making a liver transplant the only option for a cure.
In her memory, and in the hopes of helping other children fighting cancer, the Fort Worth Police Department is sponsoring the first Adriana’s Angels Charity Softball Tournament on July 16 at Rockwood Park. Adriana’s Angels is the foundation in her honor, created to raise funds to help youths and their families battle cancer.
Adriana was made an honorary Fort Worth police officer in early 2020. “Her mom reached out to me in January of 2020. We planned a big day for her with helicopter rides, a driving track, S.W.A.T,” recalled officer Tracy Carter of the FWPD. “From that point on she was a part of the FWPD family.