Gresham police cadet headed to D.C. for FBI program

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GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — A Gresham teenager has his sights set on Washington D.C. this summer to learn what it takes to be an FBI agent. A trip at one time, his family would’ve thought impossible.

This is an image of Gresham teen Ethan Forsman

Ethan Forsman,16, was born with hemophilia, a severe bleeding disorder that can lead to lifelong health problems.

This past summer, a bad flare up meant he couldn’t put weight on his legs for four weeks. Fortunately, a new way of treating his condition has given Ethan hope at a different life.

Recently, he joined the Gresham Police Cadet Program. He also spoke at the state capitol about hemophilia. Then, a mentor nominated him to go to D.C. for a special summer program for students interested in law enforcement, something Ethan has always wanted.

“There was always such a big picture spy or something huge that every little kid thinks about. Growing up I was always told you can’t do physical sports, you can’t do football, you can’t do combat stuff,” Ethan says.

“When he was born, did I think I was holding a kid that could possibly be in law enforcement? No way. I thought his life would be behind a desk and that would be ok,” says his mom Tamra.

This is an image of Tamra Forsman, Ethan's mom

Ethan is thrilled about this opportunity.

“It’s going to build towards my future and it’s going to allow me to see the federal side and not just local. Being able to see what the feds do. All I want to do is prevent the bad stuff from happening.”

The family needs about $4,000 to send Ethan on the trip and Tamra doesn’t want money getting in the way of her son’s dreams. She has started a Go Fund Me page to raise money.

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