4-year-old’s wish granted: Ohio State Marching Band ‘superfan’ gets experience of a lifetime


Courtesy: A Special Wish Foundation, Cleveland Chapter

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CLEVELAND -- A little boy's wish to see his favorite band in action will come true during Ohio State's game against Nebraska.

According to the Cleveland chapter of A Special Wish Foundation (ASW), throughout his life, 4-year-old Hayden Scanlon has struggled with Grand Mal seizures that have affected his ability to communicate.

Through this, Scanlon has found comfort in music, specifically through the Ohio State Marching Band. And, to see perform with them is his biggest wish.

Well, according to ASW, TBDBITL is giving their superfan an experience few ever get; Hayden will feel like he's part of the iconic marching band by joining them as a group and watching the Buckeyes take on Nebraska as while sitting alongside the band.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Hayden,” Hayden’s mother, Lisa Scanlon told ASW, “It is just a complete dream come true. He has always been very passionate about music and it is truly what motivates him in some of his challenges. His face just lights up when you put it on TV. Nothing else is going on in the world around him.”

ASW is a non-profit whose mission is to give children ,aged birth to 20, facing devastating health issues, an opportunity to live out their dreams while giving them a break from their daily struggles.  Currently, the organization is granting wishes for 162 kids and families receiving care at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, and The Ronald McDonald House.

Read more on ASW here.

Editor's Note:  This story has been updated to reflect new information presented by ASW.

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