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Green and yellow wish granted on Black Friday for ill child

Posted at: 11/23/2012 4:40 PM
Updated at: 11/23/2012 5:46 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

CLIFTON PARK - It's pretty special when you get a limo ride to a tractor store.

And Aidan Paige is a pretty special little guy.

The 3-and-a-half year old from Niskayuna diagnosed with Leukemia in July. He's been undergoing chemotherapy ever since.

Aidan loves John Deere tractors. Today, at Hudson River Tractor Company, Make-A-Wish made his dream come true.

The little boy was beaming as he spied his new battery-powered tractor for the very first time.

"Daddy, look at this," he said. "Can I drive it?"

His parents and siblings were nearly as thrilled as Aidan. His mom unable to hold back tears.

"We talked about getting one for him," said Michelle Paige. "It's just not in the budget right now. And to see him and to see that look on his face was just absolutely amazing."

The folks at Make-a-Wish say Aidan could have had anything he wanted. But the battery-powered tractor was what he had his heart set on."

"We told him we'd try to make whatever wish come true that he wanted. And he said, 'All I want is a John Deere tractor. That's all I want,'" explained Lori DeBrino, a volunteer wish grantor for Make-A-Wish Northeast.

Proving nothing runs like a deer, especially with an eager three-and-a-half year old at the wheel, Aidan didn't want to stop.

Aidan will undergo treatment for the next three years. His new tractor will keep him busy when he's not.

"He never complains. He doesn't cry. He deserves this more than anything or anybody I know," said his father, Kevin Paige.

"He's got a long road ahead, but he's doing well. And he's a fighter," said his mom.