Central Texas boy makes most of gift from Kidd Kraddick


by Marvin Hurst & KENS 5 staff


Posted on July 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 12:58 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Longtime fans of Kidd Kraddick knew of the host's charitable efforts, but with news of his unexpected death on Saturday, stories of Kraddick's kindness have reached many more people.

One New Braunfels boy was just one of many touched by Kraddick's big heart.

Rowan Windham has been fighting to stay alive ever since he was born.  He suffers from Shwachmann-Diamond syndrome, a rare and incurable disorder. Because of his condition, Rowan's immune system is frequently compromised.

His family talked to WFAA sister station KENS 5 back in May 2012.

Rowan takes 26 different medications each day and has spent over 700 days of his life in the hospital.

In November 2011, Rowan crossed paths with Kidd's Kids, Kraddick's foundation for terminally and chronically ill children.

Rowan was healthy enough to make a dream trip to Disney World thanks to Kraddick's charity.  That experience left an impression so big on little Rowan, he wanted to spread the love to other children.

The New Braunfels boy took it upon himself to raise money beginning in 2012 and through this year to help other seriously ill children make the same trip he did.

The young philanthropist raised over $5,000 from selling autographed photos of himself from his Kidd's Kids trip to Disney World.

In early July, while in his hospital bed following his 60th surgery, Rowan streamed himself on an iPad back to a lemonade stand set up by his siblings in San Antonio to help drive donations.

It's a circle of giving that began with a little boy who received kindness from Kidd Kraddick and decided to pay it forward.