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Terminally-Ill Boy Receives a Hero's Welcome



    A local boy suffering from cancer received a homecoming fit for a hero after a Make-a-Wish trip to Disney World. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014)

    It was a homecoming to remember for a young Delaware County boy on Tuesday.

    After returning home from a trip to Disney World, 3-year-old Brayden Chandler received a welcome fit for a hero.

    In January of 2013, Brayden was diagnosed with a bilateral Wilms Tumor. After battling the disease for over a year, Brayden’s parents were told by doctors that the cancer had relapsed and that there was little more they could do to stop it.

    After hearing the news, the young boy and his family were determined to make the most of the time he had left. They went on a trip to Disney World sponsored by the Make a Wish Foundation.

    The family returned to Philly International on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. where they were greeted by motorcycles and police cars. The boy then received a police escort as a limo drove him to his home on Pancoast Road in Springfield Township.

    When he finally arrived home, friends and family were there to cheer him on.

    “This is an unbelievable event,” said Brayden’s Grandfather Bob Marinelli. “All these police officers from all the different townships came here. The outpouring is unbelievable.”