Like a Disney fairytale, the 4-year-old cancer patient gets a dream vacation after all
McKenna May, an Ohio girl who has spent most of her life battling cancer, gets her dream vacation.
After her father refused to sign a Make-a-Wish consent form last month, relatives raised money themselves to pay for the trip.
‘It’s really exciting,’ said McKenna’s mother, Whitney Hughes Fox News Orlando. “It’s also a kind of shock factor.”
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Disney princess: 4-year-old McKenna May gets her dream vacation after family and friends raise money
McKenna was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010.
Last month, William May, the girl’s father, opposed the trip to Disney. He said the holiday should go to children who are terminal.
“I’m not saying she hasn’t been through much,” he told Fox. “But maybe she should buy a swing or something.”
Fighting illness: McKenna May’s father refused to sign a Make-a-Wish consent form that the girl would send to Disney World after battling leukemia
The Make-a-Wish foundation initially donated $3,500 (£2,235) to the girl, who lives in Haskins, Ohio to fund the vacation.
It is the policy of the Make-a-Wish Foundation to require two parental signatures to avoid family problems or custody battles.
Mark Hiegel, the foundation’s national communications director, told Fox he had never heard of a case where a parent refused the vacation because a child was “too healthy.”
To raise the necessary funds, two of McKenna’s cousins sold popsicles. Another boy sold $500 worth of candy bars to help pay for the holiday.
Wish fulfilled: McKenna May will meet Mickey Mouse and eat lots of ice cream during her visit to Disney
Jamie’s Dream Team, a Pennsylvania nonprofit that helps people who suffer from a disability, serious illness or trauma, sponsors McKenna’s journey.
“I was confident it would happen,” Hughes said. “But I didn’t think it would go so fast.”