Braydon is a quiet young man who is happiest when he’s out on the soccer ﬁeld or at the hockey rink. He loves camping with his family and playing video games with his best friends. He’s also living with a spinal tumour and the resulting deterioration of his vertebrae. It kept him from the sports he loves and limited his mobility. But although Braydon was told he would probably never walk again, he was determined to prove his doctors wrong. “He has such a strong spirit!” says his mom. “He’s now walking, running… his normal self!” Wanting to celebrate his recovery—and dreaming of flying in a helicopter and going on a volcano tour—Braydon wished to go to Hawaii.
“Everyone was so very accommodating from the minute we checked in until we landed back in Edmonton,” says Braydon’s mom, who also noted a change in her quiet, reserved son. “I saw my son smile and saw happiness in his eyes. It’s been some time since he’s been happy. We are so grateful!”