Kendall’s heart is not weakened by his disease

Kendall’s heart is not weakened by his disease »Play Video
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CLARKSTON, WS - A Cottonwood boy with a degenerative disease was king for a day thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

But his wish might surprise you. Reporter Veronica Miracle introduces us to Kendall Betts and his family.

It was a special day at the Clarkston Walmart, one that the staff here had never been a part of before today.

"Most people's wishes are to meet a character or somebody famous or go to Disneyworld," said Make-A-Wish Foundation Volunteer Edie Anderson.

"Kendall's exact words to me were 'I want to go to Walmart to buy school clothes’," said Anderson.

And with help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation that's exactly what 13-year-old Kendall Betts did.

"It's his day,” said Anderson. “It's his day to be famous; it's his day to get whatever he wanted out of life you know. And this is what he wanted."

"It's awesome,” said Kendall. “It's really cool that I'm here with everyone right now."

Kendall has Myontonic Dystrophy, a disease that causes weakness in the muscles.

"It deteriorates the muscles in the body and he gets really extremely weak,” said his mother Anna Lee. “Sometimes he can walk, sometimes he cannot walk."

He can't run, he won't ride a bike, and sometimes he needs to use a walker to get around. But today, with his family in tow, he's found the strength for his shopping spree. He bought everything from clothes to hunting gear to video games. But most importantly, he bought toys for his brothers and sisters, because for Kendall there's one muscle in your body that no disease can weaken, his heart.

There are so many ways to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help other kids like Kendall. You can donate airline miles, money or your time. Just go to wish.org.