By Rachel Leigh email
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Spend a few moments with 4-year-old Brendan Paige, and you'll quickly realize how special this little miracle is.
He was just shy of his 3rd birthday when doctors diagnosed him with Cerebral palsy.
Patrick Paige, Brendan's dad, said, "It's been fantastic. July 21, Brendan underwent major surgery. Before the surgery, he actually walked on his tippy toes. But he continued to fall every day. After the surgery, he basically had to learn to walk all over again."
Now 4, Brendan is walking, talking and shopping with all the other kids who are participating in this year's Shop with a Cop.
Deputy Bob Cresswell with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is Brendan's godfather. Cresswell helps raise money throughout the year for Shop with a Cop. "We got joined together and have a little bit of fun."
The event kicks off with pizza party where the kids chow down with the officers and get their chance to make their request to Santa!
Rachel asked, "What have they been asking for Christmas this year?"
Santa replied, "Oh my goodness, they've been asking for laptops, for Playstations and Wiis and Nintendo's. It seems like most of them have been pretty good, so they've been very excited about it."
With their bellies full, it was time to head to Wal-mart in style. "We rode with the lights and sirens over here to Wal-Mart," said Cresswell.
The kids roll up to Wal-Mart ready to buy for everyone on their list including themselves!
A good thing for Brendan, he's shopping cart was as big as his eyes! "I want that, too," said Brendan as he picks out another toy.
Rachel asked, "Who do you think gets more out of the event, you or the kids?"
Cresswell replied, "I think we do. The kids are out there, and they're getting want they want for the holidays. But, I'll tell you, it touches us a lot."
Rachel asked, "Who are you buying for?"
Brendan exclaimed, "More toys!"
But Brendan is learning Christmas is a time for giving so he heads to the jewelry counter to buy for his mom and big sister.
"We like to get the kids to know that we're not only out there arresting bad guys. We're out there helping the community, and we're taking care of them," said Cresswell.
Brendan and all the other boys and girls will receive a bike and helmet Christmas morning, and all the moms get a $100 shopping card at Publix.
So thanks to Shop with a Cop, 250 kids will have a memorable Christmas.
Brendan, "Happy Holidays everyone!"
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