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Young boy helping kids like him with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Beth Fisher

Young boy helping kids like him with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

CREATED Dec. 20, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A local teenager has every reason to complain and feel sorry for himself, but he's too busy making life better for Las Vegas and people all over the World.

Inside his Las Vegas home,16-year-old Cashel has finished his Christmas wish list for Santa. "When I started my list, I realized there is nothing I really need."

Cashel and his sister, Allie, have SMA, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. They weren't supposed to live past two years old. Speaking through his computer, Cashel explains why he wants gifts not for himself, but for kids like him.

"I started to think of the kids like us who can't stay home with their family and I felt sad for them and wanted to make them feel special and important like we do."

Cashel is blessed with a loving family and a best friend, 18 year old Jake Stoehr. The two neighbors met ten years ago and have been inseparable ever since.

Jake says, "He's easy to play games with because hes always laughing and if I get mad he just laughs at me. He always cheers me up."

Jake hopes to pursue a career in medicine so that, like Cashel, he can save lives. That's right, this young man who cannot move has saved 3 children thanks to his facebook page. Children whose parents were told, let them die. Then they read about Cashel.

His mom, Sandy says, "They have changed their mind and now they look at their children and think what is my child going to do? Are they going to change the world also?"

Without medical equipment, kids with SMA eventually can't breathe. Cashel encourages parents not to let that happen. And uses his life as an example while waiting for a cure.

But Cashel doesn't feel sorry for himself, "Because I know God has blessed with me with this life and he made me exactly the way he needed me to be."

Cashel has caught the attention of some big celebrities including Josh Duhmel who is often photographed wearing Cashel's bracelet. And Illusionist Chris Angel has become a friend. This week, he dropped off a ton of blankets and games for Cashel's friends.

And  that is what spurred this story. For Christmas, Cashel is asking for donations of blankets and toiletries for kids like him who can't live in their homes, they are in nursing facilities. Donations are going to Care Meridian, a nursing facility on Buffalo and Washington.

And please check out Cashel's Facebook page called "SMA it forward with Cashel." He's got more than 7,000 likes but he's shooting for millions.