Remarkable Generosity Scores Big For Boy With Cystinosis

Parker Wade is more than a cystinosis patient; he’s a Buckaroo, too!

Mothers of Buckaroos,” a Texas organization, banded together to raise funds for Wade, who received an expensive kidney transplant over the summer at the ripe old age of 10. You may be thinking: he sounds a little young for a kidney transplant? And you’d be right!

But, unfortunately, a kidney transplant is almost inevitable for children with cystinosis.

Thankfully, the operation went well and Wade is thriving! However, it left his parents with a big ole medical bill. Thus, the fundraiser, “Huddle of Hope,” was put into action, providing Wade an exciting week with the local high school football team–the Buckaroos!

Wade attended football practice, a team breakfast, the pep rally, all pre-game activities, was an honorary team captain, and stood with the team as the National Anthem was played. Not to mention, Wade even received a signed megaphone and football helmet from his new buds! What an incredible week for an incredible kid!

Fourth-grader Parker Wade, who has cystinosis, salutes the flag on the football field with the varsity football team
Parker Wade, an 11-year-old boy with cystinosis who recently had a kidney transplant, proudly stands with the Buckaroo football team at the start of their football game during the week-long “Huddle of Hope” fundraiser. Source: Brant Thurmond/Breckenridge American

In total, the “Huddle of Hope” fundraiser, which started the week with a spaghetti dinner, raised $4,194.72 to help Wade’s family with the costs of his kidney transplant.

It just goes to show you how the generosity of a few can make a big difference in the life of one special person!


Winnie Nash

Winnie Nash

Winnie Nash, born and bred in Charleston, South Carolina, likes to think she’s sweet as tea. Passionate for people, stories, and a little bit of glitter, she has an especially soft spot for patients and their journeys. A writer with true disdain for clichés, Winnie catches every detail of a story—intently listening—craving the next word. Some may call it nosiness, but to her, it’s just wholesome curiosity.

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