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!
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!