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Jan 30, 2013 6:23 PM by Janet Hollinshead

Wish Granted for Acadian Ambulance Patient

Gavin Beard, an enthusiastic and vibrant six-year-old boy from Thibodaux, was born six weeks premature with numerous birth defects and has already outlived his life expectancy. He is being granted every kid's wish- a trip to Disney World- and it all began with a hospital transport in August of 2012, which created a ripple effect of support within the community.

Gavin was being transferred from Thibodaux Regional Medical Center to the Children's Hospital of New Orleans. The hospital staff had given Gavin coloring sheets for the transport, and he told the medics that he was Captain Crayola. The medics were impressed with his positive attitude and an instant friendship was created. In fact, one of the medics, Justin Tabor, contacted the Make-A-Wish America foundation in an attempt to help Gavin meet his idols Scotty McCreery, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum. He also contacted Crayola, and they were so moved with the story of "Captain Crayola" that they sent a care package full of their new products to Gavin for Christmas.

The story spread quickly enough money was successfully raised by the foundation to send Gavin and his family on a week-long trip to Disney World. Tabor also began to raise money to help buy essential necessities for Gavin's home. He set up a Facebook page with a goal of $800, and receieved an overwhelming outpour of donations and support exceeding $4,000. The community of Thibodaux came together on Saturday, January 26th to surprise Gavin and his family with the donations.

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