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Make-A-Wish grants local boy trip of a life time

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants one little Four State boy a trip to New York City to see his favorite show. While four year old Ryder Oakley hasn't had an easy start to life, he was smiling ear to ear at his Wish Day Party at Downstream Casino in Quapaw, Oklahoma. 

Ryder has a rare syndrome of short stature called Escobar Syndrome-caused by two recessive genes passed down from his parents.

"He's limited in some sort of way, his arms and legs don't extend out fully, he's had several surgeries that have improved his life." said Ryder's parents, Mackenzie and Brandon Oakley.

Despite the trials, Ryder's parents say their son has remained resilient and now thanks to his Physical Therapist he gets to go on the trip of his life.

"I was speechless," said Mackenzie Oakley. "I was just like what! You know, I was just shocked, and very honored."

"Elated--there are a lot of kids who deserve this stuff," said Brandon Oakley. 

Ryder's therapist applied on behalf of the four year old to Make-A-Wish, without the family's knowledge. And just an application and interview later-it was time for Ryder to make his wish.

"I wish to have, I wish to be, I wish to see and I wish to go, so they can pick out of any of those four or they can pick a completely different one sometimes kids of an imagination like no other", said Make-A-Wish Foundation's Laura Hits.

The top of Ryder's list was to see his favorite band "Yo Gabba Gabba" in New York City-he'll even get the chance to meet the cast and crew. The family will spend five days and night together in the big apple.

"Oh he's always loved Yo Gabba Gabba since he was a real little baby and any time he was in and out of the hospital, it was how we made him feel good," Brandon Oakley said.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been working with Ryder for months and say they were happy to work with Ryder and his family. The make a wish foundation has fulfilled more than two hundred thousand children's wishes in the United States since 1980.

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