Loudyn has grown up around semis his whole life. It’s a bond he shares with his dad and grandpa. Loudyn shared his love of semi-trucks with his Make-A-Wish® volunteers in their first meeting.
He shared how Peterbilts were his favorite and that he wished to see how they are made. From that moment on, Make-A-Wish began planning and coordinating for this Peterbilt fanatic to visit the Peterbilt Factory in Fort Worth, Texas.
On the day he left for his wish trip, a limo arrived at his elementary school to start Loudyn’s trip in a special way but the limo wasn’t all. As he approached interstate, four Peterbilt semi-trucks were waiting to form Loudyn’s very own convoy escort. Once Loudyn saw his convoy, the already excited 7-year-old needed to see them up close and in person. He took his time looking at and exploring in each of the semi-trucks. One of the drivers shared, “The look on his face was priceless. He was grinning ear to ear.” After examining all four semi-trucks, Loudyn turned to his dad and asked, “Which one do we get to take to Texas?”
While on his trip, he went on a tour at the Peterbilt Factory where they had many special activities planned for him. Loudyn’s mother Amber mentioned how she never imagined him going to such a big factory and everyone knowing exactly who he was. Everywhere Loudyn went employees waved and greeted him.
While visiting at the factory Loudyn received an abundance of gifts, many signed by all the of the Peterbilt employees. One of the most special gifts was Loudyn’s very own custom built semi-truck figurine. Loudyn also attend the custom truck light show and the Peterbilt Open House which showcased custom trucks from all over the United States.
Loudyn’s wish came as a break for him and his family to forget about the day to day worries of his condition. Loudyn lives with Proteus syndrome, a rare condition characterized by overgrowth of the bones, skin and other tissues. This has caused him to have progressive bony deformities in his spine and skull as well as seizures. But for the week Loudyn’s only worry was how many semi-trucks he could see.
"The whole trip from start to finish was a true blessing. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, many memories were made that we will talk about for the rest of our lives!"