Here is an example of how a wish can impact a child battling a life threatening illness. Cash was just 18 months old when they discovered his leukemia. His toddler world of trips to the park and play time with friends turned into weekly rounds of anesthesia, lumbar punctures and chemo therapy. The chemotherapy caused adverse reactions like anaphylaxis and liver-toxicity. But throughout it all, there was a light at the end of the tunnel: meeting Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World® Resort, and staying at Give Kids the World.
When his mom, Jillian, who also suffered from leukemia as a child, heard that Give Kids the World served ice cream morning noon and night, she said “we knew this would be the place for Cash!” The wish was also “a way to recognize his uniqueness and relay to him that he’s special and a fighter.” Cash is now 4 years old and in remission. When he visited Walt Disney World® Resort last March, he got to meet Mickey one-on-one, and ate ice cream morning, noon and night, as he had hoped! His wish was a way to make up for a year of isolation and missed playtime with friends by making “new and special memories to balance the memories we have of struggles and fight” says his mom. “Each day is a blessing. No one is guaranteed another day on this earth.”
Cash’s wish to meet Mickey Mouse was spectacular due to support from the Walt Disney World Resort
and the Walt Disney Company. The Walt Disney Company provided theme park tickets and other perks for Cash and his family as part of their overall relationship with Make-A-Wish®