LSES, RES STUDENTS SURPRISED WITH KIDD’S KIDS TRIP TO DISNEY WORLD
Lone Star Elementary fourth-grader Khloe Brandon and Ridgeview Elementary third-grader Jaxson Grossman go to two different elementary schools located in two different feeder patterns in Keller ISD and haven’t even met yet, but these two KISD family members now share a special bond and look to create some special memories in their upcoming Kidd’s Kids trip to Disney World.
Brandon, who loves fishing, bike-riding, girl scouts and dancing, was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on December 27, 2018. She endured 29 days of intense steroids and chemotherapy to begin treatment, then had more than 15 spinal taps, steroids off-and-on since her diagnosis, and numerous blood draws and chemotherapy treatments since. Brandon is currently doing well and is back at school which her mom says has made a world of difference.
Grossman enjoys playing with legos, doing art and going to Sonic. He’s also a fan of Garth Brooks and police officers. When he was three months old, he was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis 1, which can cause tumors to grow on nerve endings. One of his tumors on his optic nerve continued to grow and damaged vision in his left eye. He was on chemotherapy for one year, which stabilized that tumor but during regular maintenance MRIs, a new tumor appeared and continued to grow. In November 2018 he started chemotherapy again and continues that treatment every Thursday for a year. He has had MRIs every three months, multiple doctor appointments almost weekly with a genetics doctor, neurologist, near-oncologist, eye specialist, cardiologist, endocrinologist and more. His tumors do not go away and Grossman will have to battle NF1 his entire life, but he is currently stable and recently showed signs of these tumors shrinking a little.
Both Brandon and Grossman’s moms describe them as fun-loving and positive children – truly deserving of a joyful surprise.
Brandon was surprised through her mother’s employer, Southwest Airlines, who sponsors the flights to Orlando for Kidd’s Kids. Nicole Brandon said Khloe’s Child Life Specialist suggested they apply, and as a flight attendant, it has always been a dream of hers to be able to work one of those special flights.
“Never did I think or believe we would be honored to receive this gift!” Nicole Brandon said. “My supervisor called my husband and told him I was receiving an award at work and needed to work on August 20. Little did he know that we were all being surprised with Caroline Kraddick coming to Southwest to surprise us all with the trip.”