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October 5, 2012

Colts Coin Toss Kid keeps bucking the odds

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Following that up a day later will be his debut at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Braden was asked by the Riley Children’s Foundation to represent Riley and participate as the Coin Toss Kid,” Kevin said. “Making this game even more special is that it’s his first ever Colts game and he’s a huge Colts fan.”

Braden, who is confined in a wheelchair, needs accessible seating and that usually means being with only one family member.

“Most of the time these tickets are hard to obtain, and even when we do, only one person can sit with Braden and the rest of the family has to sit elsewhere in a nearby section,” Kevin said. “However, with the tickets donated by the Colts, we’re in an accessible area and all sitting together.”

A week later, he’ll be heading across the country for his Disney excursion, which came as another surprise .

“He was referred by the doctor that performed his last surgery this past May, which resulted in an extremely difficult process and lengthy hospital stay,” Kevin said. “This last stay was 37 days, which is by far the longest yet of his 15 surgeries.”

Braden is at Riley at least twice a week for therapy and appointments.

But Kevin said his son’s constant fight, ongoing rehabilitation, and defiance in the face of impossible odds, all add up to Braden being an inspiration for others.

“During his last stay, Braden’s favorite distraction ended up being a beach ball,” he said. “It was the perfect toy as he could play with anyone and he didn’t have to do much while he was recovering. The ball could be hit all over the room and it wouldn’t hurt anything such as the medical equipment. He’d spend hours on end playing with the beach ball with anyone who came to his room, including nurses, doctors, visitors, and even people just walking by the hall.

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