Local Boy's Wish Is Granted
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
October 12, 2013 5:11 PM
One 3-year-old boy in Freeman, SD has already gone through more than most people do in a lifetime. Now, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is working to give him something he’s always wanted.
The past three years have been anything but easy for the Broders family.
“When we went to find out if he was a boy or a girl, we found out that he had a heart condition called hypoplastic left hearts,” said Kelli Broders, Brogun’s mother.
Brogun’s condition makes it impossible for the left side of his heart to effectively pump blood to the rest of his body.
“So they do three sets of surgeries to direct everything to work on one side of the heart,” said Kelli.
The rare condition is only seen in one of every 5 thousand live births. Now the spotlight is on Brogun for a more positive reason.
“Today is all about Brogun whose wish is being granted here in Freeman,” said Paul Krueger, SD Make-A-Wish President.
The South Dakota Make-A-Wish foundation has partnered with Blue Bunny Ice Cream to give Brogun something he’s always wanted. A brand new Rainbow play system.
“He’s been wanting to play on it since we’ve had it set up. So I did let him play on it even though I wasn’t supposed to,” said Kelli.
Brogun’s family and the Make-A-Wish Foundation feel something as simple as a slide will bring joy to Brogun’s life for years to come.
“You look at him and he’s just like any other kid, but he’s been through a lot. He’s a child that has a heart condition and he’s been through a lot, and his family’s been through a lot,” said Krueger.
With a smile on his face, you’d never know what type of struggles Brogun has been through in his short life.
“He’s already playing. He’s usually very shy so he’s running around playing with everyone, so that makes it better,” said Kelli.
With his parents, sister, and friends around him, Brogun looks right at home with his new play set.
The South Dakota Make-A-Wish Foundation serves children all across the state who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. You can nominate a child in need visiting www.wish.org.