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Thursday, 01 September 2011 09:54

Brady gets a magical Children’s Wish after enduring difficult illness

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By Aasa Marshall — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It has been a difficult year for the Cloutier family of Swift Current, but the Children’s Wish Foundation has helped to make it a little bit easier.

Brady Cloutier, age nine, was diagnosed with Stage4 lymphoma in January.

For five months he was in the hospital in Saskatoon receiving treatments, and during his stay, dreaming about what he might want from the Children’s Wish Foundation helped to take his mind off his sickness.

After much deliberation, Brady has decided he, his parents, and his two brothers will go to the island of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean in December 2012. The process of choosing the trip and looking forward to the family vacation has made a hard year a little easier, said Brady’s mom Leah Cloutier.

“If he was having a crappy day you could say ‘oh buddy, just picture yourself laying on the beach’,” Cloutier said.

Cloutier describes her son as very down-to-earth: when first told he could choose a wish, he thought he’d like a cell phone, or a laptop computer. “Okay buddy,” his mom said, “You can think a little bit bigger — think outside the box.” She went to a travel agency and collected brochures and books about different destinations — warm ones, mostly, because Brady had loved a trip the family took to Cuba last Christmas.

As he sat for long days in his hospital bed, riffling through those books was a welcome distraction.

The hotel he chose in Turks and Caicos is ideal for children, with waterslides and movies by the pool, said Cloutier. All three of her sons love the water and the sun, and a family trip to a Caribbean beach resort will be an ideal getaway.

Brady, who loves to play hockey and football, said he picked the island because “it looks nice to go”, and he’s looking forward to “going swimming lots.”

Cloutier said her son’s treatments are now finished and he is feeling a great deal better: “he’s got some colour in his cheeks and he’s running around, keeping up to the other boys,” she said.

She is thankful for this opportunity from the Wish Foundation, not only because of the trip they’ll provide, but because the way it’s helped Brady deal with his illness.

The people who work for the foundation are amazing and accommodating, she said: “They sit and talk to Brady and say ‘Brady it’s about you, what do you want to do?”.

Just walking into the Wish Foundation’s office and seeing pictures on the wall of other children who have received wishes have helped Brady feel like he’s not alone; seeing that others have gone through illness as well has made a big difference to him.

“He’s quite a shy kid and they made him feel good,” Cloutier said.

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