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12-year-old Abilene girl with cerebral palsy wins trip to Disney World

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 19 2013 09:51:58 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 20 2013 08:46:22 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

One lucky girl in Abilene won an all expense paid trip to Walt Disney World. 12-year-old Breanna Hodges is one of 50 kids chosen by former radio host Kidd Kraddick's foundation to win a trip to the happiest place on Earth. The foundation Kidd's Kids chooses children, some with life-threatening illnesses, to visit Orlando, Florida for five days every year.

Breanna Hodges said she listens to the Kidd Kraddick radio show every morning. When she heard about a chance for children suffering from an illness to win a trip to Disney World and meet Kraddick’s crew she applied immediately.

"We never really won anything, so to win something was a surprise," said Breanna’s mother, Fransuelle Hodges.

When a package showed up on the Hodges’ front door, Breanna didn't expect what was inside.

"I was like is this actually real and then I just had to think for a minute like is this real," said Breanna.

Wednesday, Breanna will be one of about 50 kids starting their 5-day trip to Disney World.

"They’ll just remember it for the rest of their lives and they'll be like, ‘oh I got to be one of Kidd’s Kids and go to Disney World,’ and I think that'll be really special," Breanna said.

One person will be missing from this year’s trip. Former radio host Kidd Kraddick passed away in July.

"I think he was a really giving person he was just upbeat all the time and funny and I think it would've been really cool to meet him," said Breanna.

All the kids headed to Disney World suffer from some kind of illness.

"I have cerebral palsy. I use a walker to walk around," Breanna said.

Cerebral palsy is loss or impairment of motor function because of brain damage. Breanna takes a tip from Kraddick and tries to remain upbeat.

"I feel really lucky that it's just in my legs and it's not anywhere else." said Breanna.

Breanna can't stop smiling when she talks about her trip to Disney World, but her mom is excited about something else.

"Just to see her reaction to all the special things that's going to happen to her and to meet the Kidd Kraddick crew it's just going to be kind of like were in a dream," said Fransuelle.

Wednesday, Breanna's classmates at Craig Middle School will hold a send-off rally for her in the cafeteria.