Dream Factory grants dream for six-year old Hudson Hayes
The Dyersburg Dream Factory works diligently each year to enrich the lives of children faced with life-threatening illnesses, as well as those who are struggling with chronic illnesses and disorders, by granting no less than three child's dreams each year.
Since birth, Hudson has suffered from skeletal dysplasia syndrome, with a defect in the B3GAT3 gene; a disorder so rare that similar cases have yet to be reported from anywhere across the globe.
Due to the nature of the disorder, Hudson experiences a multitude of side effects including joint dislocations, soft bones, and scoliosis. Because the disorder so severely hinders his ability to walk around freely, Hudson must navigate around his home by way of a specialized motorized chair, and is only able to be free from his thoracic brace for two hours a day.
Early Friday morning, the members of Dream Factory were overjoyed to be able to grant 6-year old Hudson Hayes with his dream; an underground swimming pool that would allow Hudson to be alleviated from some of the daily pains that he faces every single day, allowing him to feel more normal; free from the constraints of his disorder.
"He goes to therapy twice a week," said Michelle crying. "But once a week he spends time in the pool, and I noticed awhile back that he just loved the water. It gave him freedom to move around. I knew then that we had to get him a pool. At first we got him a blue blow up pool. He got in it and was able to walk for the very first time in his life.
"That was when I knew that someway, somehow, we had to get him a pool. It was the only way that he could feel like any other kid."
After only 3 short days of construction and installment, Mike's Pools and Spas and Aloha Pools and Spas of Union City, alongside various other businesses, were thrilled to have at last completed the construction of the pool, which included a special chair designed to lift and lower Hudson safely in and out of the water.
To surprise Hudson with the new pool, Dream Factory sent the entire family to Six Flags Theme Park in St. Louis, MO earlier this week, while contributing businesses worked on the installation of the pool.
Moments before family returned from their trip, over a hundred family members, volunteers, and friends rallied at the Hayes' Union City residence in anticipation of Hudson's reaction to the new pool.
Shortly after 10a.m. the Hayes family arrived, followed by local law enforcement, who were inspired to join in the on the event in light of Hudson's admiration's for police officers.
Upon the reveal, a look of sheer happiness radiated from Hudson's face, as he stared into the massive crowd of awaiting supporters. A huge smile formed on his lips, as he was escorted to the back yard by his parents, Michelle and Scotty Hayes.
"This is so cool!" exclaimed Hudson.
Following the reveal, Dyersburg Dream Factory Area Coordinator Gayla Lane delivered a heart felt thanks to all of those individuals and businesses, both local and abroad, who labored so diligently to make the special day happen.
"Every request was met with an immediate 'Yes'. These guys, who helped create this dream, are amazing! This is truly an oasis for the Hayes family and for Hudson. Nothing could stop this team because they were so dedicated to granted this dream for Hudson. After early hours and long days, they were able to complete this pool in three days! It's unreal!
"This team did this in an unselfish, caring, and compassionate manner. They dedicated themselves to fulfilling this dream, and gave it all heart; every minute, every second.
"Once they heard about Hudson, the only thing that there was to say was, 'We are going to build that pool for Hudson.' There are no words to describe the gratitude that we feel for what you have accomplished.
"It is truly nothing short of a miracle. I feel in my heart that we are all given a purpose in life, with a time to let your light shine, and gentlemen you have let your light shine on this dream and we thank you so very much.
"To give yourself so selflessly is a quality that is rare to find in the world today...You are true dream givers...I give you my heart felt thanks and gratitude for taking this little boy's dream and making it a reality by giving him a pool. You all have stolen our hearts, and we thank you."
In addition to Hudson's new pool, the WWE Wrestling Confederation (Hudson's favorite) sent Hudson numerous wrestling toys, which were received with eager delight from the young John Cena fan.
Before closing the event, Hudson's siblings Davis and Ella Jean had already changed clothes and dived into the new pool. Upon asking Hudson if he was ready to take his first swim, he replied, "Not yet. I'm having a good time seeing every one, and talking. This makes me so happy."
Businesses and individuals recognized during the speech included: Mike's Pools and Spas, Aloha Pools and Spas, Mays Electric, Dyersburg Electric Supply, Winnelson Supply, JD Products, Pinter, Southern Concrete, Eric Wilmus and sons, Mark Edmundson, McCurdy Sod Farms, Stanfield Nursery, First South Bank, Pool Corp SCP, Brad Cook and team, Daniel Forest, Police Chief Terry Barfield and Union City Police Department, Ronnie Workman, Coke, EW James, Tyson, Jonathon Jones, and Cardinal Systems.