Big-hearted truckers banded together to throw a Wisconsin boy a surprise 16th birthday party, and the idea was sparked by one trucker’s simple act of kindness.
Back in July, Peggy Cadd, who is a mother of 14 adopted children in Milton, Wisconsin, noticed a bag on her lawn that was thrown over the fence.
Inside the bag was a CH Hall Trucking shirt and toy semitrailer truck.
Cadd assumed the gift was for her son Dakota “Bubba” Cadd, who was sitting there, pumping his arm to signal “honk your horn,” as he gazed at semitrailer trucks whizz by.
“It was a little semi truck … and I realized that somebody had taken the time to stop on the highway and throw this package for my son over the five-foot fence,” Cadd told CBS News.
Soooooo this happened today. Our Bubba(a.k.a. Dakota) loves to watch for semi's by our home on hwy 26 in Milton. Today…
Cadd adopted Bubba when he was a 9-month-old baby. The boy has cerebral palsy and a congenital brain malformation known as Dandy-Walker syndrome that left him wheelchair-bound.
Due to his penchant for 18-wheelers, Bubba loves sitting in the backyard and trying to get each trucker to honk their horn as they drive by Wisconsin’s Highway 26.
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Wanting to thank the mysterious giver, Cadd took to Facebook, writing: “Thank YOU! YOU made his day( and his momma & daddy’s days, too!) Please if you know C H Hall trucking telling them whoever did this is awesome!”
The post ended up spreading like wildfire.
The anonymous giver turned out to be Mark King, a truck driver for CH Hall Trucking. King has a soft spot for kids in wheelchairs, as his sister was handicapped.
Amazingly, King’s kindness inspired retired truck driver Jeremy Wallenkamp to organize a special event called “18 Wheels for Bubba” for the boy’s then-upcoming 16th birthday.
Then on Aug. 18—Bubba’s 16th birthday—182 truckers from across the United States lined their semitrailer trucks at Schilberg Park in Milton to give the boy a surprise party.
“It’s overwhelming. I’ve never seen the trucking industry come together the way it has for this event,” Wallenkamp told Truckers News.
As one would expect, Bubba was thrilled.
He rode in a golf cart to take a close look at the 182 semitrailer trucks that afternoon. On top of that, he cut a cake in front of 1,000 people and received many presents.
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Cadd couldn’t be more pleased.
“What child ever gets something so special like this?” Cadd said. “To see people embrace my son, giving him hugs and wishing him happy birthday.”
Thanks to all these big-hearted truck drivers, Bubba had a birthday, which he’ll remember for life.
This beautiful story proves one small act of kindness can create endless positive ripples. There are still many amazing people in this world!
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