LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two Lufkin families will get to go on the trip of a lifetime thanks to the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show.
Kidd's Kids Day is Wednesday, September 3, 2014. It's one day a year the organization sets aside to raise money to send 60 families who have kids with chronic or terminal illnesses to Disney World.
Carter Hearn lives in Lufkin. He's eight years old and has a rare genetic disorder called Pseudohypoparathyroidism. "Basically his parathyroid makes what it's supposed to but the body does not react to it," said Deena Hearn, Carter's mom.
Deena said they heard about Kidd's Kids on the radio and thought they would apply.
"I was really amazed that we got picked. It was a big surprise," Deena said.
And in November, the whole Hearn family will go to Disney World, all expenses paid.
"Disney World," Carter said. "That's where I'm going. I want to see Mickey Mouse."
It's the first time they have been able to go on a trip like this due to Carter's medical needs.
"We're usually limited because of his medical condition, and it's hard to go on trips of this magnitude with him, so this is a big change for us," Deena said.
"One good thing about Kidd's Kids day is that the whole family is going," said Dan Patrick, KFOX 95.5 radio personality. "They know that the brother and sisters of these families even though they're not the ones with the illness are the ones that are having to live with it on a daily basis."
"We've had a family from East Texas go, but this time we've actually got two families the Martinez family and the Hearn family that are going to go on a trip to Walt Disney world in Florida," Patrick said.
You've probably heard the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show on KFOX 95.5 here in Lufkin.
Wednesday morning KFOX radio personalities will be at the McDonalds on Timberland and the McDonalds on North Street in Nacogdoches across from Stephen F. Austin State University collecting donations to help fund this trip for about 60 families from 6 am to 10 am.
"That's what we do with Kidd's Kids Day," Patrick said. "One day a year, four hours we take donations. Every dollar you give is going to directly to taking care of this trip."
Kidd Kraddick died in July 2013, but his legacy lives on through his Kidd's Kids program.
You can drop off your donations: cash, checks or credit at the McDonalds locations Wednesday morning or go to these websites for more details.
http://kfox95.com/kidds-kids-day-2014/ or http://www.kiddskids.com/donate-on-kidds-kids-day-2014/