Cainan goes Country With the Incredible Dolly Parton

Wish kid Cainan with Dolly Parton

Born at just 29 weeks, Cainan was diagnosed at birth with hydrocephalus, the build-up of too much cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. At 1 month old, Cainan suffered a stroke after surgery for the hydrocephalus. Then, at 1 year old, Cainan was diagnosed with another illness, cerebral palsy. Currently, Cainan is has physical therapy for his cerebral palsy, but refuses to let anything get him down.

Cainan is a loving, outgoing, old-fashioned boy who loves classic country music like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. His love of country extends to his TV show preferences as he likes watching Dukes of Hazard and the Andy Griffith show.

Kids Wish Network couldn’t wait to let Cainan know he was going to meet the one and only Miss Dolly Parton!

Cainan and family stayed at the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa, a beautiful mountainside resort close to Pigeon Forge, TN, where Cainan found a good spot to watch the Annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade and see Dolly leading the celebration of floats, bands, and entertainers as its grand marshal.

The next morning was Cainan’s once in a lifetime experience of having breakfast with and spend a little time chatting with Dolly! He could not believe how “down-to-earth” the bigger than life Miss Parton is.

Cainan had lots of activities to enjoy during his wish, including the thrills of Dollywood and Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park, the things to see at Ripley’s Attractions and the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, where he saw the General Lee from Dukes of Hazard.

The Wish Kid and his family were also treated to great meals at Pigeon Forge restaurants T.G.I Fridays and the Hard Rock Café.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make Cainan’s wish come true:
• Dollywood Foundation
• Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa
• Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park
• Ripley’s Attractions
• Hollywood Star Cars Museum
• T.G.I Fridays Hard Rock Cafe

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