As in a Disney fairy tale, a 4-year-old cancer survivor gets a dream vacation after all
McKenna May, an Ohio girl who’s been battling cancer for most of her life, gets her dream vacation.
After her father refused to sign a make-a-wish consent form last month, family members independently raised money to pay for the trip.
“It’s really exciting,” said McKenna’s mother, Whitney Hughes Fox News Orlando. “It’s also kind of a shock factor.”
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Disney Princess: 4-year-old McKenna May is getting her dream vacation after family and friends raise funds
McKenna was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010.
Last month, William May, the girl’s father, opposed the trip to Disney. He said the leave should go to incurable children.
“I’m not saying she hasn’t been through a lot,” he told Fox. “But maybe she should get a swing or something.”
Fighting the disease: McKenna May’s father refused to sign a consent form that would send the girl to Disney World after battling leukemia
The Make-a-Wish Foundation initially gave the girl, who lives in Haskins, Ohio, $3,500 (£2,235) to fund the vacation.
It is Make-a-Wish Foundation policy to require two parental signatures to prevent family problems or custody disputes.
Mark Hiegel, the foundation’s national communications director, told Fox he had never heard of a parent being refused leave because a child was “too healthy”.
To raise the necessary funds, two of McKenna’s nephews sold popsicles. Another boy sold $500 worth of candy bars to pay for the vacation.
Wish granted: McKenna May will meet Mickey Mouse and eat lots of ice cream during her visit to Disney
McKenna’s trip is sponsored by Jamie’s Dream Team, a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that helps people suffering from disabilities, serious illnesses or trauma.
“I had faith that it would happen,” Hughes said. “But I didn’t think it would happen so quickly.”