Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Bradley Brings in the Bucks

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Bradley Brings in the Bucks

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How many people do you know who can raise $5,500 in one night at their own birthday party? How many people do you know who can take that figure up to $7,100 in just a few more days? Bradley Worley can, did, and is only 10-years-old.

This significant financial gift was Bradley's thank you to the Dayton, Ohio chapter of A Special Wish Foundation. In July of 2005, Bradley and his family received a gift from the foundation in the form of a trip to Kiawah Island in South Carolina. Bradley, his mom, step-father, step-sister, step-brother, and his maternal grandparents traveled to the ocean to experience one of Bradley's favorite past times, playing in the water. Bradley and his family spent most of their seven days at the beach.

Bradley, who is diagnosed with 46, XY, del(13)(q13q33) or 13q-syndrome, a rare chromosomal disorder, is even more unique "because he is missing quite a few bands and it is rare to see a child missing that many," says mom, Annie Dornbusch. Though doctors have always predicted a limited life expectancy, Bradley has spent the past 10 years developing his vivacious and determined nature. 13q-syndrome can include retinoblastoma, a childhood cancer which arises from immature retinal cells in one or both eyes, potential brain malformations, heart defects, and/or deformities of the feet and hands. Bradley survived retinoblastoma six years ago and now has a prosthetic eye. He also has limited use of his arms, hands, and legs, but he doesn't let any of that prevent him from living the life a 10-year-old should live. …

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