Community helps Hamburg boy reach his goal

The #Help4Braedon campaign took off, and now the boy can meet the dolphin from "Dolphin Tale" the movie.

6-year-old Braedon Monthony

HAMBURG, N.Y (WIVB) – Within hours of News 4 airing the story of Bradeon Monthony who wants to travel to Florida to meet “Winter” the dolphin who has a prosthetic fin, the boy received thousands of dollars in donations from people in the community.

Braedon has a special connection to the dolphin; just like Winter, Bradeon uses prosthetics.

Winter starred in the 2011 film “Dolphin Tale,” and lost her tail after getting it caught in a crab trap. She’s now famous for her prosthetic tail fin.

Braedon told News 4 watching the movie made him feel like he’s not alone. Ever since he saw it, he’s been determined to meet Winter in person.

The Monthony family’s goal of $2,500 to make the trip was quickly surpassed. They’ve raised more than $4,000, including an anonymous donation of $1,000.

YOU CAN DONATE | Click here for the family’s GoFundMe page

Winter is reportedly excited to meet Braedon, too. The dolphin tweeted encouragement to the Hamburg first grader from her twitter account shortly after learning his story.

The family is planning to travel to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium this March.

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