At the age of 14, Shelton Baker is big time into bull riding, so much so that he practices with a barrel in the back yard of his Olive Branch home. "I guess I am just an adrenaline junkie, it sounds dangerous, but it's fun."
While bull riding would scare anyone's mom, what happened to Shelton ten years ago scared his mom even more than any bull. at the age of four, Shelton was diagnosed with kidney failure, his mom, Kim, talks about getting the initial diagnosis.
"When Shelton was first diagnosed, it was very scary because you really didn't know what you are in for, when you are told he has renal failure." "I was diagnosed when I was four years old and I got diagnosed with kidney failure yeah....," says Shelton.
At the age of 8 Shelton underwent a kidney transplant, a mother's nightmare, but his mom Kim says his wish being granted for him to go to Disney World made all the difference in his recovery.
"My wish was to go to Disney World and it was granted and it was pretty awesome."
"It takes them away from the pain, from their illness, it's a super vacation for that child, and not only for the child, but for the siblings that are dealing with the illness and the parents."
"Gave me motivation, to just fight for the cure."
6 years later after the transplant, Shelton is a freshman in high school, he's big time into bull ridin' and still to this day understands the power of the wish that was granted to him 7 years ago and he would like to see other's do the same for kids.
"It changes kids lives, like they will never forget that ever, it's just so special to them and it is something they will never ever forget it."
Make a wish is for the children that are in need of free time to get away from their illness.
Joey Sulipeck will be at Saddle Creek all week during Good Morning Memphis. Stop by and say hi to Joey and help Make a Wish continue to make wishes come true!
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