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Kaden's First Vacation

Kaden is a 6-year-old boy who had never been on a family vacation, but always dreamt of going.

When diagnosed with a brain tumor, Kaden’s life became slightly different than those of other kids his age. Like many others, he always loved watching Disney movies and playing with LEGO® toys, but during treatment and extra sick days at home, these activities became even more special.

When Kaden learned that he could have a wish granted from Make-A-Wish® Colorado, he knew right away what he wanted to do! He had seen TV commercials for different Florida theme parks and knew that was where he could meet his favorite characters. It wasn’t long before his very first vacation to Walt Disney World Resorts® was set in motion!

Kaden felt like a VIP throughout the entire experience. His adventure at Disney World, where he met Aladdin & Jasmine, jumped on every ride he could and finished the day watching the parade. At LEGOLAND®, he felt like there wasn't enough time in the day to take pictures with all the cool LEGO buildings! Finally, at Universal Studios® he met his favorite Minions, Transformers and more. When he saw Spider-Man, he ran to him so quickly for a picture that he almost knocked him over!

The trip was more than just a fun vacation for the whole family. “Kaden was so brave riding and seeing everything [during our trip], it was unexpected,” said Kaden’s mom. Since the trip, Kaden has a new sense of charisma for life and bravery to try new things. The entire experience gave him a new awareness for all the possibilities in the world.


  • Kaden and the castle!

  • Kaden loved Universal Studios!

  • King Kaden!

  • Kaden and the LEGO man!

  • Jasmine and Aladdin!

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