Sick boy granted wish to work at McDonald's for a day

Published: Dec. 7, 2016 at 4:51 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2016 at 5:12 PM EST
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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - He didn't want to go to Disneyland, be part of a circus or get a fantasy bedroom makeover.

No, Jude Sanford had a different wish. The 6-year-old lifelong McDonald's fan wanted to join other crew members at his favorite restaurant for a day.

And a fast food worker he shall be.

The brave youngster has suffered through numerous medical procedures to address the cerebral palsy, epilepsy and partial blindness that was caused by his in utero stroke. While enduring those painful treatments, Jude often longed for his favorite meal:  McDonald's cheeseburgers.

In honor of Jude's upcoming birthday, a couple of Akron McDonald's Owner/Operators, Lea and Brian Heidman, will make Jude an honorary crew member at their Medina Road restaurant Wednesday. During the celebration, which begins at 4 p.m., Jude will wear a nametag, hat and crew shirt to work a station behind the front counter.

Ronald McDonald will be at the party as well.

Happy Birthday and good luck Jude!

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