Jackson County boy heads to Disney World thanks to Make a Wish - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Jackson County boy heads to Disney World thanks to Make a Wish

Serenity Boss of D'Iberville greets Joni Todd, whose son, Kellan, has had the same disease and operation as Serenity. Serenity Boss of D'Iberville greets Joni Todd, whose son, Kellan, has had the same disease and operation as Serenity.
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

A Jackson County boy with a very rare seizure disorder is headed to Disney World, and it's all thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Kellan Todd developed Rasmussen Encephalitis two years ago, racking him with constant seizures. The only way to stop them was surgery that shut down the right side of his brain. 

South's Mississippi Make a Wish Foundation decided to step in and help him and his family take a much-needed break.

“We are so happy that he gets to experience this Make-A-Wish,” said his mother Joni Todd. “It’s gotten us through a lot of doctor’s appointments, hospital visits just thinking about going and now, we actually get to go and it’s going to give us a lot of memories to come.”

Rasmussen Encephalitis affects one in five million people – mostly children. All this time, his family had no one who understood their difficult battle. Then, they met a D'Iberville teen with the same condition.

“I had to be here,” said Serenity Boss of D’Iberville. “I just had to be here. I canceled my plans. As bad as that sounds, but I just had to meet this little boy. He lives in Mississippi and it was just destined for me to meet him.”

Serenity also thought she was alone. At 12, she developed Rasmussen Encephalitis and had the diseased left side of her brain disconnected.

“I think it’s so amazing that they found it early on because his brain is still growing so he can get more movement back," she said.

While Kellan is growing, so is she. At 19, she’s about to receive her diploma from D’Iberville High School. Next step, college.

“I’m thinking psychology or maybe neurology,” she said, “Because what I’ve been through, it’s made me like get really into the brain and I’m so fascinated in what it does.”

Serenity saw Kellan's story on WLOX News Now and reached out to his family, forming a close connection.

“I think he has a better outcome and I’m so grateful to meet him,” Serenity said. “I think he’ll do so great, and just hope he overcomes his struggles in life...I can’t wait to see what he does.”

Copyright 2018 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Diplan Earns First Double-A Victory As Shuckers Make it Six In A Row

    Diplan Earns First Double-A Victory As Shuckers Make it Six In A Row

    Sunday, July 22 2018 12:09 AM EDT2018-07-22 04:09:47 GMT
    Marcos Diplan prepares to pitch at MGM Park (WLOX Sports)Marcos Diplan prepares to pitch at MGM Park (WLOX Sports)
    Marcos Diplan prepares to pitch at MGM Park (WLOX Sports)Marcos Diplan prepares to pitch at MGM Park (WLOX Sports)

    The Biloxi Shuckers (58-40, 17-11) earned their sixth consecutive win on Saturday night with a 4-1 triumph over the Tennessee Smokies (50-49, 14-15) at MGM Park. RHP Marcos Diplan (W, 1-1) notched his first Double-A win by tossing 6.2 innings of one run ball.

    More >>

    The Biloxi Shuckers (58-40, 17-11) earned their sixth consecutive win on Saturday night with a 4-1 triumph over the Tennessee Smokies (50-49, 14-15) at MGM Park. RHP Marcos Diplan (W, 1-1) notched his first Double-A win by tossing 6.2 innings of one run ball.

    More >>
  • Search for shooting suspect happening in Biloxi

    Search for shooting suspect happening in Biloxi

    Saturday, July 21 2018 11:07 PM EDT2018-07-22 03:07:53 GMT
    Both males are wanted in connection with the shooting that happened at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on June 6.Both males are wanted in connection with the shooting that happened at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on June 6.
    Both males are wanted in connection with the shooting that happened at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on June 6.Both males are wanted in connection with the shooting that happened at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on June 6.

    Right now, Biloxi police are still searching for a gunman after a verbal dispute between two males became violent.

    More >>

    Right now, Biloxi police are still searching for a gunman after a verbal dispute between two males became violent.

    More >>
  • Families enjoy Blues Over Biloxi from a distance

    Families enjoy Blues Over Biloxi from a distance

    Saturday, July 21 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-07-22 00:06:30 GMT
    Families pack beach and Broadwater Marina to watch Blue Angels. (Photo source: WLOX)Families pack beach and Broadwater Marina to watch Blue Angels. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Families pack beach and Broadwater Marina to watch Blue AngelsFamilies pack beach and Broadwater Marina to watch Blue Angels

    While thousands made their way to the great lawn at Harrah's, others opted to stay away from the congestion and watch the Blue Angels from a bit farther down the beach.

    More >>

    While thousands made their way to the great lawn at Harrah's, others opted to stay away from the congestion and watch the Blue Angels from a bit farther down the beach.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly