A young teen’s legacy continues less than a month after his death. The annual Kaden’s Wish fundraiser will be held Nov. 16 at Champps Brookfield, 1240 S. Moorland Road.
Kaden Stark,14, of Mukwonago died Sept. 19; his family vowed to continue his mission to make other kids’ wishes come true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Kaden was diagnosed with a progressive, terminal, mitochondrial disease called Leigh syndrome at age 2. The disease causes a lack of energy to the brain and difficulty with motor functions.
Kaden knew the difference that his wish made in his own life.
Make-A-Wish granted Kaden’s wish to go to Disney World in 2011, and it inspired him to do more. He loved making other children happy, and it was his dream to grant 100 wishes.
He and his family started the annual Kaden’s Wish fundraiser to help with that goal.
Since its inception, Kaden’s Wish has raised more than $350,000 and granted more than 60 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
Kaden’s dad, Steven,said the fundraising is up over $30,000 since Sept. 23.There are plans to have some picture boards of Kaden at the fundraiser.
Kaden loved singer Carrie Underwood and Star Wars.
A true Star Wars fan, at Kaden’s funeral, several characters from the Star Wars movies made appearances. His collection of funny Star Wars T-shirts was shown.
Before Kaden’s funeral services, Stars Wars actor Mark Hamill, who portrayed Luke Skywalker in the movies, shared a Milwaukee Journal story about the young fan on Twitter and Facebook. The tweet was liked more than 5,000 times and shared around social media.
“Visiting Children’s Hospitals-Working with numerous charities like Make-A-Wish & #ForceForChange has given me the chance to meet so many inspirational young folks, but I sure wish I’d had the privilege of meeting the extraordinary Kaden Stark. #RIPJrJedi.” Hamill tweeted.
The tweet was printed and put on posterboard at the teen’s funeral.
“We were really excited for the shoutout from Mark Hamill on Twitter and Facebook. It was a great tribute to Kaden. He would have loved it,” Steve Stark said.
Stark hopes to include some storm troopers at the fundraiser; if the family can arrange it.
In his memory, his family is continuing to work towards Kaden’s goal.
Champps owner and Stark family friend Tony Lewanovich posted on Facebook about Kaden.
“His determination, his passion, his desire to make the world a better place, and most importantly, his toughness. This young man fought, endured and battled against everything he could until he finally couldn’t anymore. He taught us so much about life, love, and family. He brought a community together to wish together. In physicality, he may be gone. But in spirit, he will always rise and endure,” Lewanovich wrote.
Lewanovich said this year’s Kaden’s Wish will be about Kaden’s presence and his goal for 100 wishes.
Between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16, visitors can enjoy the Wisconsin Badger game, great food, beer, raffles, silent auction, football pools, and more.
For more information on Kaden’s Wish visit https://www.facebook.com/KadensWish/.
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