Terminally-Ill OKC Kid Awarded Disney Trip



Preston Smithson, an 8-year-old Oklahoma boy living with a rare developmental disorder known as Smith-Magenis Syndrome, celebrates as he and his family are surprised with an all-expense-paid trip to Florida theme parks. The trip was paid for by guests of Panera Bread rounding up their purchase total to the nearest dollar.

OCT. 18, 2018—If you've eaten at Panera Bread recently, you may recall being asked if you'd like to round your purchase up to the nearest dollar to support Baking Memories 4 Kids. Well, all those rounded up transactions are paying off this week as local kids with life-threatening or terminal illnesses are being awarded all-expense paid vacations to all the theme parks in Orlando, Fla.

The trips are made possible through a partnership that launched April 3, 2017, with Traditional Bakery, Inc./Oklahoma City Bakery, Inc. franchise (TBI/OKC), Panera Bread bakery-cafes. TBI/OKC Franchise President, Brian Camey, presented Frank Squeo with a check for $250,000 this week to support Baking Memories 4 Kids. In turn, the organization awarded local child Preston Smithson and his family with a trip.

Preston Smithson lives with a rare developmental disorder known as Smith-Magenis Syndrome, as well as mild Cerebral Palsy and Celiac Disease. He has had to endure more in his eight years than most of us do in a lifetime. Even after having 17 surgeries, Preston must take daily medication to help him function, and because of his critical allergy to gluten, he also requires the assistance of a service dog.  Despite all his challenges, Preston does not let this affect his friendly attitude. Every day he continues to defy the odds.

To continue to support Baking Memories 4 Kids, Panera Bread will donate $1 of every bag of Chocolate Chip Petite Cookies sold this holiday season to the organization. 

For nomination information or to nominate a child to receive a Baking Memories trip, please visit http://bakingmemories4kids.com/nominate-a-family/.

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