| Father kills daughter’s Disney dream |
San Francisco Chronicle
An Ohio father has come under fire for putting the brakes on his daughter’s dream trip to Disney World. William May of Toledo, Ohio, refused to sign off on the vacation that his 4-year-old daughter McKenna May received as a donation from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
McKenna has battled leukemia since 2010 and recently two of her dreams came true, according to the Sentinel-Tribune of Bowling Green, Ohio. She underwent her last cancer treatment and she received a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fl.
But in order to accept the Florida opportunity, both of McKenna’s parents must sign papers from Make-A-Wish. McKenna’s mother, Whitney Hughes, supports the trip, but her father feels that children who are cured shouldn’t receive donations from the foundation. “I think it should go to kids who only have six months to live,” William told the Sentinel-Tribune.
Susan McConnell, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish for Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, says McKenna’s trip was cleared by a Foundation doctor and she feels McKenna deserves to go on the trip.
But there’s hope: McKenna’s mother placed donation jars around Bowling Green and nearby towns inviting locals to help pay for her daughter to go to Disney World. To save money, she plans to drive to Florida but she still needs to raise $3,500 that she doesn’t have.
“She’s really excited,” Hughes said. “It’s all she’s talked about for the last three months.”
by Amy Graff