Wish Granted for 10-Year-Old Heart Transplant Patient

A ten-year-old returned home Monday to find that his one true wish had been granted.

Caden Cunningham, who recently had a heart transplant, came home to find a beautiful backyard where he could play with his brothers, complete with a swing set, a trampoline and a playground, as well as some tropical flowers. 

Some 50 volunteers worked throughout the day to help transform Cunningham’s Otay Mesa backyard, previously a dirt lot, into the boy’s dream yard while Cunningham spent the day with his family at Legoland.

When describing his ideal playground he said he wanted “a slide, swings and other stuff."

But the playground wouldn’t be for him, it would be for his brother.

“He was scared and all that time he really wanted to play with me,” Cunningham said.

50 volunteers from AMN healthcare worked to make sure Caden and his siblings have the perfect backyard.

“It's pretty remarkable,” said Dawn Anderson, vice president of AMN Healthcare. “So, when you plan it, it sounds like a lot of fun, but when you're here doing the work and you see it start to come together it really touches your heart.

The boy’s mother, Cindy, said after seeing her son’s “amazing fighting spirit,” it is nice to see the response to help her son’s dreams come true.

“I just feel like he's been looked after,” Cindy said.

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