Batman, first responders help grant young boy's wish
Dansville, N.Y. —
Four-year-old Braddock Young couldn't stop smiling once he saw the Caped Crusader outside his home in Dansville Saturday morning.
Batman brought some of his friends at the New York State Police and Dansville Fire Department with him to celebrate Braddock's wish being granted.
"This is the good part of our job," said Captain Rick Allen of the New York State Police, who doubled as Batman Saturday. "It's just a little bit that we can do to help Braddock out, to enjoy a little time with his family, make some memories."
Braddock and his family will be making memories in Disney World, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"He's always wanted to ride on an airplane and go see Mickey Mouse at Disney World," said his big sister Ayla.
Braddock was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in July of last year. He recently suffered a relapse. That's when the folks at Make-A-Wish made sure this young fighter's wish was granted.
"You have no idea what these kids go through until you see it first-hand," said Wish Granter Melody Carlin. "The little guy we're granting a wish for today is one of the most courageous, beautiful little guys I've ever met."
It's why they wanted to make sure this day would be one he and his family wouldn't forget, with a large portion of the Dansville community making his send-off extra special.
Krisit Young, Braddock's grandmother, said the family is fortunate to live where they do.
"When you need something, people show up and come through all the time. They go above and beyond. This little boy is just over the moon."
The family said the send-off was only the beginning of their trip. Along with visiting Disney World, Braddock will be going to Universal Studios and Sea World.
Make-A-Wish grants around 150 wishes in western New York each year.