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Joplin girl's special connection with the late Kidd Kraddick

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Syndicated radio host David "Kidd" Kraddick died this past weekend.  The 53 year old Dallas radio show host died at a charity golf tournament for his Kidd's Kid's foundation.

Last November six year old Tatum Ashford of Joplin was chosen as one of 50 terminally ill children to take a trip with Kidd to go to Disney World.

On Monday, Tatum's grandmother, Donna Ashford, told us when Kidd found out Tatum's favorite thing about getting to go to Disney World was getting to meet the princesses, he made sure a different Disney princess woke her up each morning.

It's something Tatum says she will never forget.

"I got to see Cinderella," says Tatum.

"When you hear him on the radio they're always joking and always discussing this subject or that, and it's always a ha ha, but when we met him we got to see his true heart," says Donna.  "He was seriously making dreams come true.  That's what his goal in life was, you know.  He was a great humanitarian."

Kidd continued to keep in touched with Tatum well after their trip to Disney World.

Last week Tatum had surgery.  Before the surgery Tatum received flowers from Kidd.  Then, on Thursday, Kidd and Tatum talked via Facetime on an iPad he had given her.

"It's been a year later and Tatum's laying in the hospital bed, and he Facetimes and visits with her and let's her know - 'hey,  how are you doing, we're thinking about you,'" says Donna.

Tatum's family says though they will miss hearing his voice on the morning radio he has touched the lives of many children - a legacy that will live on.

"All of the children that he has helped that were terminally ill I know are in heaven, lined up in Heaven's Gate's, just waiting for him to walk through with smiles on their faces."

According to his autopsy, David "Kidd" Kraddick's sudden death was cardiac-related.  He was 53.

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