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Plainfield’s Anti-Bullying Hero Meets Heroes

One year ago, after dealing with bullying from classmates and fighting a congenital heart defect, 6-year-old Ayden Cazares had just undergone heart surgery. However, he came back stronger than ever… launching his own Facebook page to fight bullying and grant the birthday wishes of other kids!

For his one year surgery anniversary, Ayden asked his parents to see country music legend Brad Paisley. So the family packed up and headed to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on August 3, where Paisley autographed a guitar and gave it to Ayden!

Auden’s mom (Nelly Dominguez) posted on Ayden’s Facebook page, saying, “Ayden, I watched you smile, a smile from ear to ear and it filled my heart with so much joy. I truly live for these moments with you. … Thank you Brad Paisley for making his 1st concert and Heartversary so memorable. Thanks for the guitar!”

There are no words to express what happened last night at Brad Paisley concert. Ayden, I watched you smile, a smile from ear to ear and it filled my heart with so much joy. I truly live for these moments with you. Your happiness is my priority. To think that we almost didn’t make it to the concert due to traffic on I80. During our ride to the concert you remained so Optimistic. You wanted to see Brad and we said we would make it as fun as possible and enjoy it. Little did we know this would happen. We were caught so off guard. I’ve been told many times that Ayden has a charm , a way with people. With time I’ve realized it is true. He is loved by so many and the strange part is that most are complete strangers that are drawn to him. So many people at the concert stopped him either for a high five, fist pump, hug , picture or words of encouragement. I cannot thank everyone enough for the love and support for Ayden. It’s greatly appreciated .Thank you Brad Paisley for making his 1st concert and Heartversary so memorable. Thanks for the guitar!As Ayden says, he will be the 2nd best nationwide is on your side artist . #bradpaisleyconcert #heartversary #heartwarrior #aydensfulfillingyourbirthdaywish #wishescometrue #nationwideisonyourside

Posted by Ayden's Fulfilling Your Birthday Wish on Saturday, August 3, 2019

As if that weren’t enough, Nelly said Ayden will finally realize another dream: On Aug. 25, he’ll get to meet Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs! Last year, Ayden posted a video comforting the outfielder after the team’s season ended with a loss to the Rockies.

Weeks later, Schwarber FaceTimed with Ayden, and the pair will finally meet in person later this month.

Danielle Tufano

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