As one of five kids, Caden is used to having a big support system most of the time. After his diagnosis of cancer, he found himself feeling isolated due to his need for chemotherapy and lots of doctors’ visits.
“My husband and I tried to keep things has normal as we could for the sake of the other kids, but it got hard with all of our activities and crazy schedules on top of Caden’s treatments,” Chelsea, Caden’s mom, said.
After a long year, Caden’s family needed to spend some quality time together. While sitting in the clinic, Chelsea received the call that Caden would be receiving a wish.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do when I found out I would be getting a wish,” said Caden. “I asked my parents what they did as kids that was fun and my dad mentioned that he went to Hawaii and he saw the lava flow through the rocks.”
“I realized I had never seen a volcano and I would love to see lava, plus I wanted to do other things that are beautiful in Hawaii like snorkeling and hiking.”
Once they arrived on the island, Caden and his family spent their time kayaking, snorkeling and relaxing by the beach. His favorite part of the whole trip was when his family went to the Polynesian Cultural Center.
“I was able to see one of the famous fire dancer’s caps and I got a picture with him,” Caden said. “We also went parasailing which was fun because I’ve wanted to be up in the air and that was the closest thing to flying. Everything there was awesome. We went all out.”
“It was so nice for the whole family to be together, the distractions were fun, and the kids got along so well, and they were all so good to each other. We laughed a ton and it was so care-free,” Chelsea said.
Caden, who is now finished with treatment and is playing on his school’s volleyball team, is inspired to help others after his wish.
“It’s impacted my life by making me realize how many people notice and care about other peoples’ needs and how people put effort into making all this happen,” he said.
“My wish makes me want to pay that forward so I can help others.”