Enveloped in a big hug from Mickey Mouse, four-year-old Dylan holds on tightly. “This picture says it all,” says his mom, Leane. “Dylan loved every moment of his wish but when he met Mickey it was seriously the best ever.”
Dylan is an outgoing boy from Cumberland, RI, whom his mom describes as “funny, loving, strong, and a fighter.” He was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in his right eye when he was just 10 months old, and it has been a long road of treatment. He is cancer-free now and continues to be seen at Boston Children’s Hospital and a specialized eye hospital in Pennsylvania. He will need eye surgery in the future.
“The older Dylan got, he started understanding that he couldn’t go to certain places because of his health,” recalls Leane. This made his wish trip to Walt Disney World® Resort even more thrilling because the adventure gave him a greater sense of freedom. He loved choosing activities every day and enjoyed it all – from rides and sweet treats to dancing, swimming, and gazing at the shimmering holiday decorations throughout the theme parks.
Never have Dylan’s parents seen him as happy as he was on his wish. “It was a stress-free break that the four of us really needed. It was just such an amazing time to see Dylan and his sister, Gianna, have so much fun together.” Dylan’s wish brought his family peace and joy that they continue to embrace as the holiday season unfolds.
“Thank you to everyone at Make-A-Wish for making Dylan’s wish come true!”