Dreams Come True in need of donations

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Looking at Blane Smith, he seems like your typical 10-year-old, bright and in motion. You would never know that this little guy faces more health challenges than most adults.

"Nothing stops him. I mean today with the weather, his legs are bothering him but it's not stopping him," said mother Heather Smith.

That's how his family wants it.  Blane suffers from a type of muscular dystrophy which attacks his tiny muscles.

"The muscles get weaker," said his mother who explained that he needed a feeding tube just one year ago. "There's the possibility that one day he will have to be in a wheel chair. It's a lot to have to deal with. People who have healthy kids, they don't know what we have to deal with on a daily basis. It's scary as I don't know what."

But, ask Blane about his condition, and he'd much rather talk about his trip to Disney World.

"It was awesome," he said before talking about meeting his favorite character, Stitch.

That was a trip made possible by Dreams Come True, a nonprofit that gives Louisiana kids like Blane, and their families the ultimate wish.

"If everyone could see what it brings to these kids and to the families, because the entire family is affected. People don't stop and realize the everyday struggle they have to go through," said the executive director Becky Prejean.

Dreams Come True started in the early 80's when a few families got together and decided to give a child with cancer the chance to try out a food he never before tasted: pizza.  The organization has since provided hundreds of dreams, filling 60 just last year.

Eleven-year-old Skyler Moran is another dreams come true alum.  At five he had a tumor in his cheek, but after chemo, he is now in remission.  Now he tries to give back to the organization that gave him a chance to meet Peter Pan by helping out with an annual radiothon asking for donations.

"Kids with illnesses and they really want dreams or something, they can actually have their dreams," said Moran.

The radiothon continues Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the help of Guaranty Broadcasting.  To pledge, call 225-490-8190, or click here for more information.

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