12-Year-Old With Life-Threatening Condition Gets Surprise Celebration

A 12-year-old boy with a rare neurological disorder, called Friedreich’s Ataxia, wants nothing more than to swim with mermaids. 

Today, on an outdoor stage decorated with undersea props, including two human mermaids, Caden Torrao learns that his wish will come true. He’s going on a trip to the Caribbean where he will indeed get to swim with mermaids. 

The festive celebration at the Roseville Medical Center courtyard included officials from Make-A-Wish and hundreds of employees and physicians, many of whom helped raise more than $10,000 in support of the wish, wore blue “Caden’s Crew” T-shirts.


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