Dream Day: Huntersville boy gets monster surprise

After years of surgeries from being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia, Brant Waldeck wants his son to have a Dream Day surprise.

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- After years of surgeries from being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia, Brant Waldeck wants his son to have a Dream Day surprise.

“This is probably the biggest dream day Brannen could ever have,” exclaimed Brant Waldeck, who nominated his 11-year-old son for NBC Charlotte's Dream Day.

Brannen’s story goes all the way back to when he was born in 2005.  After only 15 months of being alive, Brannen was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia.

Brannen has been wearing orthotics and has spent his entire life working on strengthening his legs. When he was 6-years-old, the Shriner's Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina, performed his first series of surgeries. 

Following the surgery, both of Brannen's legs were in a cast for six months. After the six months, his casts were removed and he had to learn to walk again.

Brannen spent a year doing physical therapy to strengthen his muscles and then began going to Champion's Sports Performance to continue his strength regimen.

Brannen is now 11-years-old and is preparing to have his next surgeries.  When he is 13-years-old, the Shriner's hospital is planning on reconstructing the arch of his feet.

Brant describes Brannen’s Dream Day to be a day strictly devoted to monster truck driving and specifically with his favorite driver, Dennis Anderson The Grave Digger.  So to make Brannen’s Dream Day come true, our NBC Charlotte Crew showed up at his home and surprised him as our winner with Dream Day through a video made especially for him by Dennis Anderson inviting him to the Digger Dungeon in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

To start the day off with surprises after surprises, Brannen showed up to the Digger Dungeon where his favorite driver, The Grave Digger, greeted him.  “I was just so excited, I never thought this day would ever come.” expressed Brannen as he was hugged his favorite driver instantly upon meeting one another.

From there Brannen was given a behind the scenes individual tour of the entire Digger Dungeon by the Grave Digger himself.  Brannen was shown everything from old monster trucks to the nuts and bolts of engines while being able to meet members of the Grave Digger crew and team all along the way in the shops.  “It was the greatest.  This little kid is so sharp and so savvy, it was incredible.” Explains Grave Digger after Brannen was able to show off his monster truck knowledge along the tour.

To wrap up the DreamDay at the Digger Dungeon, Brannen was surprised with the opportunity to actually drive a Monster Truck with the Grave Digger. 

“It was pretty amazing, I mean I drove a monster truck and I’m 11 years old.  It was amazing.  I just love Monster Trucks so much.” Brannen couldn’t help but shout out after his driving lesson.

After the entire DreamDay Grave Digger was so impressed with Brannen, that he surprised him with a custom signed Grave Digger helmet. 

“I like his energy and I like his drive,” voiced Grave Digger after giving him the helmet. 

Brannen was so shocked by the generosity of the day that he couldn’t help but get emotional because of how truly happy and moved he was.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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