Seven-year old Cade Bethel and his family traveled to Florida to see the theme parks in Orlando June 9-14. This special family vacation was made possible by the Kids Wish Network and some local Minerva sponsors.
In May 2008 Cade was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a life-threatening condition that affects every muscle in the body. Cade is unable to walk long distances and must use braces at night. Despite his daily struggles, Cade’s mom, Amanda Rudd, said that her son is outgoing, happy and loves life.
When Rudd’s brother told her about Kids Wish Network, a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, she decided she wanted to refer Cade. After filling out an application and speaking to a wish coordinator, Cade and his family were soon on their way to Florida.
Cade, his mom and his stepfather visited Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. Meals, accommodations at the Royal Plaza Hotel, theme-park tickets, attractions and spending money were included in the wish.
“He had a lot of fun,” Rudd said. Cade’s favorite adventure took place in Disney’s Hollywood Studio, where he rode the Tower of Terror. When asked if the ride was as scary as the name suggested, the fearless little boy enthusiastically shook his head no.
Kids Wish Network partnered with several local sponsors to make Cade’s wish a reality. These sponsors included American Legion Post 548, American Legion Valley Post 375, Deputy Wes Elson, First Presbyterian Church, Carrollton Rotary Club, Minerva Area Federal Credit Union, Cross of Malta VFW Post 6730, VFW Post 4120. Other sponsors included the Royal Plaza Hotel, Pirates Dinner Theatre, the California Pizza Kitchen, Wonderworks, and Dollar Thrifty Automotive
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