Central Mountain Air pilot Don Stewart welcomes 10-year-old Braedyn Stovman aboard his flight to Vancouver.

Mirror readers give from the heart

When the Mirror’s news story about Braedyn hit the doorsteps last Wednesday the community did the rest

Campbell River Mirror readers gave from the heart when they learned that Braedyn Stovman, a youngster with Down’s syndrome, needed help to make his Disneyland dream come true.

That dream is coming true – and then some – thanks to the generosity of the community and Central Mountain Air.

Braedyn has been invited to take part in “Dreams Take Flight 2012” sponsored by Air Canada and Disneyland, but getting the youngster and his mom Brandi to Vancouver for an orientation session last Sunday and for his flight to California Oct. 16 was proving to be an insurmountable financial challenge.

Brandi’s world has been in turmoil. Her home is in foreclosure, her decade-old van is on its last legs and she’s on crutches and off work. Husband, Chris, is working in camp.

When Central Mountain Air learned of Brandi’s predicament the airline quickly stepped up to the plate with an offer of discounted tickets from Campbell River to Vancouver return.

And, when the Mirror’s news story about Braedyn hit the doorsteps last Wednesday the community did the rest.

Brandi says all her expenses related to the two trips have been covered by donations.

“I’ve been really weepy. I’m overwhelmed. I’ve never asked for help before and I had no idea there was so much love in this community. It’s so powerful.”

The return trip Sunday was paid for by two Campbell River businesswomen, Sally Brooks and Heather Horton.

The Oct. 16 flights have been paid for anonymously. Other significant donations of cash to cover expenses came from Penner Automotive, Fitness Etc., Brian Gold, anonymous “Rob,” Cloverdale Paint and the staff at City Hall and at Braedyn’s Ocean Grove School.

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