Tayden has always been a huge fan of the LSU Tigers, although his family has no connections to the area or the school. He loves playing sports himself, and has been an active kid despite the heart condition his parents discovered when he was a newborn.
Told that it would likely be necessary to avoid complications, Tayden had open heart surgery at ten years old, and waited to have his wish until he would have no activity restrictions and could run and play with his favorite team.
During that recovery time, he talked about his wish every day. His wish gave him and his family “so much more to look forward to, but it also helped him see the value of his surgery” says his mom, Kelly. In November, the players, coaches and staff of the LSU Tigers welcomed Tayden, his younger brother and parents to their home field with open arms and hearts.
The wish was everything that Tayden had wanted it to be—he threw the football with the team’s quarterback, Danny Etling, he toured the football operations facility, watched them practice, met all the players and coaches, and saw them face off against Florida State. Before the game, he got to go on field and watch the team warm up, and Etling went out of his way to give him the towel and wristbands he had promised him the day before.
While at LSU, he and his family toured the campus. Says his mom, “As a parent, it was very exciting to see a future phase (college) for both of our children so early on and then to see them excited about it was even more wonderful.” Tayden is now not only healthy enough to play all sports, he has his eyes set on LSU.
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