Coos Bay teen's wish comes true with trip to WrestleMania 32 in Dallas
COOS BAY, Ore. -- A Coos Bay teen is visiting Texas to fulfill a lifelong dream.
18-year-old Leland Locken always dreamed of one thing -- watching his favorite wrestling stars battle it out at WrestleMania. After years of waiting patiently, Make-a-Wish Oregon is making that dream a reality.
Locken says he loves just about everything to do with wrestling.
"The high flying action, and the noises they make and all the fans going, yay!"
"He's got his favorite wrestlers and he keeps up to date on all the programs and everything weekly," said Leland's mom, Michelle Locken.
At nine months old, Leland was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.
"It's a mid-line brain defect that sometimes comes along with hormone deficiencies," says Michelle Locken.
That hasn't kept him from being a regular 18-year-old -- going to high school, getting ready for his senior prom, and working over the summer.
He paid for his own WWE Wrestling subscription using money he earned at his summer job through the Oregon Commission for the Blind.
"He's smiling from the time he gets up in the morning until the time he goes to bed at night," his mom says. "You hardly ever see him sad or in a bad moment."
Now Leland can't stop smiling for a special reason -- he'll soon get to meet some of his favorite wrestlers at WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
"I'm just feeling super duper excited," he says.
The event is expecting record-breaking attendance this year, but Leland just might be the biggest fan there.
"I'm just ecstatic from this day on," he says.
The Locken family will get to explore the Dallas Aquarium along with other sightseeing before flying home to Coos Bay next week.