Kidd’s Kids & Southwest Sends Kids with Illnesses to Disney World

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DALLAS — You know the song, "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes?" Well, thanks to Kidd’s Kids and Southwest Airlines, 50 kid living with physical challenges, chronic or terminal illnesses, got that wish Thursday.

“As soon as you walk through the gate, you just feel it," Big Al Mack from the Kidd Kraddick morning show said. "So, you’re just ready to get started. I only have one rule on this trip. I don’t ride the teacups!"

Legendary radio host Kidd Kraddick started the foundation more than 20 years ago, and his legacy lives on.

“This is my third year going since dad passed away, and this is my first year as executive director,” Caroline Cradick said. “It’s a lot of hard work, so when I get to see their faces, this is the most happy time of their life. It’s four days where they get to be a normal kid, and they’re not in the hospital, and they’re not being poked and prodded with needles.”

“Everyone you see here today, every Southwest employee is volunteering their time. The crew volunteers to be on the plane with the kids, and Southwest donates the whole charter, the party, everything for the event.  We just love being a part of making this such a special experience for the families,” Megan Lee with Southwest said.

Families like the Warrens living in Roanoke. NewsFix was there when Elsa surprised 7-year-old Aubrey with her all-expense paid trip.

“Disneyworld!” Aubrey exclaimed.  “Happy. I got chosen and my mom and dad were in the back corner. I felt excited.”

“She’s had five surgeries in the last 18 months,” Brittany Warren said.  “We’re just really grateful to Kidd’s Kids and everyone.”

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