Like all good things, the idea for Paxton’s Treat Cart came from a place of love. Love. It is a pretty powerful thing.
Many people, beautiful souls one and all, have been inspired by our Peaceful Warrior, Paxton. Mr. C, a beloved Special Education aide at Brookfield Central High School is no exception. A close confident of Paxton’s Momma, Danna, and a fiercely loyal protector of Paxton – Mr. C’s innate connection with Paxton is as uncanny as his heart is kind. A listener by nature, Mr. C caught wind about one of Danna’s dreams. While a sincere aspiration, Danna simply didn’t know how to go about making her dream a reality. Mr. C knew better.
Without pause, Mr. C called in favors he had stockpiled over the years. Before the close of the school day, the halls of Brookfield Central were buzzing with plans to bring our Warrior Momma’s dream to life.
You see, Paxton’s Momma instinctually knew precisely what was missing from the lives’ of the courageous children fighting cancer. A special delivery of sorts. One that would bring fun, smiles, and most importantly, pieces of childhood to the arms’ of little warriors undergoing treatment on the HOT Unit and in the MACC clinic at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Danna envisioned of a larger than life trolley, chocked full of books, magazines, puzzles, stuffed animals, nail polish, action figures, candy…anything and everything that screams ‘Be a kid!’. After all, we cannot think of more deserving recipients of the simple joys and sweet innocence of childhood, than our brave warriors. A childhood so often lost among the unacceptable reality of childhood cancer.
The PaxLovers at Brookfield Central went right to work. Every last component of the Treat Cart was gifted by the ever-supportive staff and student body at Brookfield Central High School. Mr. C was in charge of the craftsmanship; often arriving as early as 5:00 a.m. or staying as late as 6:30 p.m to perfect a cart for “…that little boy”. Paxton’s Treat Cart was crafted with equal amounts precision and passion. With Mr. C’s cautious supervision, students vied for the painting ‘duty’, others jockeyed for the privilege to design the decals.
In a few short weeks, the “Little Community that Could” brought to life a symbol of what happens when touched by Paxton’s brilliant life spark. When Paxton’s Treat Cart rolls into Children’s Hospital, overflowing with love, it brings with it vibrations childhood Danna envisioned. Moreover, it brings with it the vibrations of Paxton’s Army of Love. Love. It is a pretty powerful thing.