Dream Factory Grants Wish For El Dorado Boy With Rare Skin Condition

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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Like many other boys his age, Peyton Madden loves pirates.

"They have swords!" Peyton said. "They go over the seas a bunch, like a cruise ship does!"

But unlike many boys his age, he faces a rare skin condition that would make being in the sun and traveling the seas nearly impossible.

"If he gets any sun exposure he grows skin cancer," said Sarah Madden, Peyton's mother.

But the seemingly impossible is just what Jean Sherraden, Director of Dreams at the Dream Factory's Kansas City chapter, specializes in making happen for children like Peyton who are chronically or critically ill.

"Every child is different and they all dream of different things and that's what makes it fun," Sherraden said.

Sherraden heard about Peyton and asked him about his dream.

Peyton wished upon a star for a Disney cruise where he could sail with pirates and not have to worry about being in direct sunlight.

"It's actually pretty safe on the cruise ship because of how thick the glass is," Sarah said. "Up on the top decks, he can enjoy the pool and all those areas outside after dark. During the daytime, there are lots of activities he can do inside. And, we don't have to worry about traveling in a car that isn't safe for us."

Now it's a wish come true.

Sherraden has arranged for Peyton and his family to soon set sail on one of those cruises.

"He lets us know what he wants to do and we find a way to make it happen," Sarah said. "So to have an organization come in and do that, as well, is really special for us."

Sherraden brought a bag full of goodies to the Madden's home Sunday. Inside were new action figures, a shirt, and other goodies for Peyton so that the pirate lover's dream adventure will be smooth sailing.

"I'm excited!" Peyton said.

"It's hard to go through some of the things that he has to go through so it's exciting to see him be so excited about it," said Kyle Madden, Peyton's father.

To learn more about the Dream Factory, visit the organization's website at http://www.kcdream.org. On the website you can find how to donate and how to nominate a child.

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