HAMBURG, N.Y.(WIVB)- Ever since seeing the film “Dolphin Tale” in 2011, 6-year-old Braedon Monthony has had one goal: to meet the dolphin, Winter.
Winter the dolphin is the star of the movie. She got her tail caught in a crab trap and now uses a prosthetic fin.
Like Winter, Braedon knows what it’s like to have a prosthetic limb. The 6-year-old lost both his legs to a rare infection when he was a baby.
He said watching Winter in “Dolphin Tale” is a reminder he’s not alone. “It made me feel happy that I’m not the only one in the world that lost my legs,” he said.
He’ll do anything to meet Winter in person, such as having a lemonade stand, where the first grader raised almost $200.
Braedon’s parents weren’t surprised; they told News 4 when their son wants to do something, he makes it happen, no matter how big the challenge.
“To see him go through the stuff that he has to go through everyday, just makes my day like easy, I mean it’s nothing compared to what he does,” said Braedon’s dad Joe Monthony.
“He really connects with animals that have missing limbs or missing tails,” said Elaine Monthony, Braedon’s mother.
Braedon’s prostheses haven’t slowed him down. He bikes, plays outside, and goes swimming. “I’m used to wearing them, because I’ve worn them since I was a baby,” he told News 4.
Winter lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. The Aquarium is giving the Monthony family free tickets to meet Winter, but they have to make it down to Florida first, and they’re still about $1,500 short.
The family has set up a gofundme account to help raise the additional funds. CLICK HERE to donate.
Braedon’s mom said the instant success of his lemonade stand and donations from neighbors has been overwhelming.
“For some reason people are drawn to him and his story and how resilient he’s been,” she said,
This will be the first major vacation the family has planned. They’re hoping to make the trip this March. Braedon told News 4 he can’t wait to meet someone who feels like they’re already a friend.