Make-A-Wish grants Clovis boy’s wish with help from Michelangelo’s

Michelangelo’s Pizzeria presents a check worth over $18,000 to the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. The funds, raised during the Italian restaurant’s annual golf tournament, will help grant wishes for Make-A-Wish kids like 9-year-old Kaydin of Clovis (third from right). DANIEL LEON/CLOVIS ROUNDUP

Michelangelo’s Pizzeria has done it once again.

The Old Town Clovis restaurant raised a record $18,223.57 last month during its annual charity golf tournament to benefit the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“That equates almost three full wishes, and that’s real exciting,” said Courtney Snapp, senior development manager at Make-A-Wish.

A portion of this year’s funds will help grant a wish for Kaydin, a 9-year-old boy who battles lymphoblastic leukemia.  

Kaydin’s wish is to receive a complete room makeover with camouflage decor, a bunk bed, his own TV, and a desk to work on his homework assignments. With his family recently moving into a new home, he’ll now have a space to call his own.

“[The wish] means a lot because he’ll be able to have his friends over all the time, and have somewhere to hang out. It’s just something cool that kids don’t normally get to have,” said Kaydin’s mother, Nicole. “He’s an only child so whenever his friends come over he’s real excited to show them his new stuff. Like if he gets a new toy he’s like, ‘look at my new toy.’ Now he’s going to be like, ‘look at my room.’”

Despite the battle with blood cancer, Kaydin still has a positive outlook on life while maintaining a passion for interests like technology, video games and music. He also likes to spend time with family, go to the beach, visit with his grandfather and eat at his favorite restaurant, Japanese Kitchen.

“He has like the most positive [attitude] because he doesn’t really understand, he’s too young,” said Nicole. “I didn’t really sit him down and tell him what cancer means, I just kind of told him, ‘you have cancer and we have to go through this process, and just take it day-by-day.’ He has a lot of trust in me, so that’s good.”

Since 2011, Michelangelo’s has raised a total of $95,000 for Make-A-Wish.