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HOUSTON -- Houston firefighters helped a 9-year-old boy with Lou Gehrig's disease enjoy a trip of a lifetime.

Dominic Cumo arrived on the new Princess cruise ship at the Bayport Terminal.

Members of the fire department picked him up and took him on a tour.

He visited Fire Station Number 8 in Downtown Houston.

This is awesome, Cumo said.

According to his family, Cumo is the youngest person ever diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Doctors didn't expect him to live past age 4, but he has defied the odds and their expectations. He will turn 10 next week.

Cumo's mom thinks travel and new experiences keep him alive.

He just looks forward to the next adventure, said Shawnee Cumo. I want to do all the things on his bucket list.

Cumo's cruise took him from New York to the Caribbean, South America and Mexico.

However, the highlight of his vacation seems to be his visits with firefighters.

Members of the New York Fire Department gave him a tour of New York City, but firefighters in Houston made him an honorary captain.

Cumo checked out the station and inspected the various fire engines.

But his visit to Houston wasn't done -- the 9 year old wanted to visit Lakewood Church.

He watches Joel Osteen every Sunday, said his mother.

Osteen's mother, Dodie Osteen, gave Cumo a personal tour and prayed with him.

He will then fly out of Houston back to his hometown in California.

Cumo's family hopes to celebrate his birthday next week, and if all goes well, take another trip -- this time to Hawaii.

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