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His wish was granted, now Hayden's in Broken Hill

Saturday, 30th January, 2010

* Tom and Tanya Luaritzen with their children David (10), Adelaide (8), Hayden (6) and Ethan (4) preferred the snow in Wisconsin, USA, to Broken Hill's dust. * Tom and Tanya Luaritzen with their children David (10), Adelaide (8), Hayden (6) and Ethan (4) preferred the snow in Wisconsin, USA, to Broken Hill's dust.

A little boy from Wisconsin in America was granted a wish to visit Broken Hill and it has been a "unique transition", according to his mother.

When he was three weeks old, Hayden Lauritzen was diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH).

CAH occurs when a child is born with overgrown adrenal glands. The glands, in an effort to produce enough cortisol, enlarge and overgrow.

Cortisol is an adrenal steroid hormone that is required for normal endocrine function.

Hayden's parents were surprised when he was diagnosed with this condition. "He was a normal baby, ten fingers and ten toes," said his mother, Tanya.

He has to travel to see a specialist every three months and he takes two different types of medication three times a day.

Hayden's condition qualified for "Make A Wish" eight months ago. "I thought children had to be terminal to get granted a wish but they offer wishes to lifealtering or life-threatening conditions," said Tanya.

Hayden had to make three wishes and his first wish was to meet Harrison Ford, his second wish was to visit his cousins in Broken Hill, and his third to give shoes to orphaned children in India.

His cousins are the children of Tanya's sisters, Sarah Foley, Paula Thomas and Jody Dermody. He was granted his second wish and because Make A Wish was so generous, Hayden wants to use money that is left from this trip to help disadvantaged children.

"He still wants to bless other children," said Tanya. Hayden's parents thanked all the local business who provided support to the Lauritzens and are urging people to donate to the Make A Wish Foundation.

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