Dad Denies Make-a-Wish Dream for Daughter
Donations are pouring in after a 4-year-old cancer survivor is unable to redeem her Make-a-Wish dream because of her father’s refusal to sign off.
After two years of cancer treatments, 4-year-old McKenna May finally beat leukemia. In honor of her last round of chemotherapy, Make-A-Wish Foundation awarded her with a trip to Disneyworld to celebrate the milestone. Unfortunately, her estranged father refused to sign-off on the trip.
“I think it should go to kids who only have six months to live,” her dad William May explained, adding that awards should not be given to “cured children”.
Eligibility for Make-A-Wish grants includes kids ages 2 1/2 to 18 years who have faced a life-threatening medical conditions; medical eligibility is determined by the child’s physician. (Technically, despite completing her final treatment, McKenna will not be cancer-free for another five years).
McKenna’s mother and grandmother tried to convince May, but to no avail. Her mother Whitney Hughes believes that McKenna’s father still holds a grudge after being denied visitation rights to his daughter until early this year.
“He has made it such an ugly fiasco. It’s not about him,” the grandmother Lori Helppie added. “It’s about McKenna. But he’s doing this to get back.”
To support their little girl’s dream to go to Disneyworld, the family has accepted donations at various locations in Bowling Green, Ohio. Their goal is to reach the $3,500 necessary for the trip.
“The important thing is to get her there,” Helppie said, adding that the family will be driving to Florida to save on costs. “She loves Mickey Mouse. She loves Cinderella.”
“She’s really excited,” Hughes added. “It’s all she’s talked about for the last three months.”
With the outpouring of support, the family is close to reaching McKenna’s Disneyworld dream. To help fulfill McKenna’s wish, send donations to the 5/3 Bank at 275 South Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.