Caden was able to experience the piece of his childhood that his parents had hoped he was going to be able to. When asked why he chose Hawaii for his one true wish, his mother said, “He wished to go to the place where he was born, Kauai, Hawaii.” You see, Caden is actually a native of Kauai, and he and his parents moved to St. Louis when he was four and half years old. “He was excited to revisit the place where he was born and lived for several years,” stated Caden’s mother.
When Caden found out that his one-true wish was becoming a reality, it gave him a surreal moment where he could forget all about his medical treatments, hospital stays, chemotherapy and missing out on the ability to just be a kid. He was able to focus on what lied ahead, an adventure packed wish in Hawaii.
Once his treatment was complete, Caden embarked on his wish to his birthplace. After the butterflies subsided in his stomach, he enjoyed watching the buildings and ground disappear as he elevated higher and higher on the airplane. One of his favorite sites was seeing the Grand Canyon from 30,000 feet. “He was able to look out over the mountains and was extremely happy to see the Grand Canyon from the plane,” Caden’s mother said. Caden had a great time running around on the beach, exploring the island and snorkeling the different waterfalls that Kauai has to offer. Caden had an adventure packed wish and was ecstatic that he was able to go surfing with his dad. “This was definitely Caden’s favorite part of his whole wish experience,” stated Caden’s mother. “Learning to surf with this dad created memories that will last a lifetime.”
Caden’s wish experience gave him a chance to focus on just being a kid again. “We never thought this joyful experience would be possible,” Caden’s mother said. “This wish was a wonderful way for Caden to celebrate the completion of his treatment plan and to just have fun with his family and not have to worry about anything. Being able to surf with his dad and enjoy this time in Hawaii with his family helped Caden feel like a kid again.”