Thursday, December 16, 2010

A wish granted

We're going to Disneyworld!!  The Make a Wish foundation has granted a wish for Ty and we are leaving for Disney today, returning on Monday.  Ty is the perfect age for a trip like this, it is going to be nothing short of magical. 

The Make a Wish foundation turned this around in just three days for us, and they pulled out ALL THE STOPS.  They came over last night with heaps of Disney-themed presents and an amazing itinerary.  Did you know they have their own Make a Wish village at Disney?  It houses more than 500 people at a time and each family gets to stay in their own bungalow.  It's amazing.  The characters come to visit often, in fact, Mickey himself will be stopping by to see Ty tomorrow morning (shhh... it's a surprise), and they have a ton of things to do on and off site.  That way, if Ty is having a bad day we don't even have to leave in order to show him some amazing sights. 

I was told that the NYC chapter of Make a Wish grants more than 500 wishes a year, and the Hudson Valley chapter grants more than 150 a year.  The majority of children choose a trip to Disney.  It's devastating to think so many children are coping with such serious illnesses, but it's also incredibly beautiful to imagine all of those wishes being granted. 

Speaking of wishes being granted, we have been so blessed to have SO MANY amazing people supporting Ty.  The Guardian Brain Foundation has been sending packages filled with butterfly kisses and get well wishes since the beginning, and we can't wait to meet Mary and Kathy - they are like family (Mary, Long Island next week - I will call you!).  The Ryan McElroy children's cancer foundation here in our new town of Pawling sent Spiderman, Batman and Superman to our house last week -- which was an incredible experience for Ty that he's still talking about -- the local Pawling Fire Department stopped by last night with SANTA, a special visit just for Ty.  And, all of our friends near and far have been so amazing.  We can't express how touched and how grateful we are to all of you.  I still need to find the tether to our camera so I can upload some pictures, but I will be sure to share soon!

With all of our love...

7 comments:

  1. Dear Cindy, Lou, TY and Gavin,
    I hope you guys have an amazing and magical time in Disney. As always, you are all in my daily thoughts and prayers.
    Love , Raena

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  2. Your strength and courage is truly inspirational. I hope you have a fantastic time in Disney. Thinking of you always...

    Kerrie

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  3. That sounds really nice. I hope Ty is feeling great for his trip.

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  4. Hola!
    What a treat for ALL of you. Make this time special & magical. Cherish every second, feel every emotion. This is the time when LOVE wil conquer ALL.

    We hope this with boost Ty and ALL of you with the love, happiness and laughter needed. They are the best medicine. :)

    We love you VERY MUCH, be strong and have FUN!
    Always on our prayers!

    Remember:
    "If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney

    “Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    “Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart.”

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  5. WITH ALL THE COLD WEATHER WE HAVE HAD HERE IN FLORIDA, ( IT WENT DOWN TO 19 ONE NIGHT) I PRAYED FOR THE SUN TO SHINE AND THE WEATHER TO BE WARMER FOR WHEN TY GOT TO FLORIDA!! WELL I LOOKED UP AND THE WARM SUN JUST HIT MY FACE, I KNEW GOD ANSWERED MY PRAYER. I WAS WORRIED BECAUSE ITS BEEN UNUSUALLY COLD HERE. I AM HAPPY THAT MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION CAME THROUGH FOR TY AS QUICK AS THEY DID!! I REALLY BELIEVE HE WILL BE SO SO HAPPY. I WISH I COULD SEE HIS FIRST SMILE WHEN HE GETS TO SEE THE CHARACTERS.. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY DURNING THIS MAGICAL TIME!!! KATHY BRUNELLE

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  6. I have just learned about Ty. I am soo sorry for his diagnosis!!! It is soo heartbreaking!!!!

    I pray that you have a very blessed trip to Disney!!

    "Have you heard about Cole's Foundation? We have a prayer team that prays for families who are affected by pediatric cancer and other childhood illnesses. You can visit www.colesfoundation.org to read about sweet Cole and his family's mission and, if you'd like, you can also register your family from the homepage and it only takes a few minutes."

    ♥♥ Love in Christ!! ♥♥
    C.O.L.E.'s Foundation (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally)
    www.colesfoundation.com
    http://www.colespages.org
    The symbol for childhood cancer is the gold ribbon

    Email: sandy@colesfoundation.com
    Sandy Daron

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  7. I recently read about Ty's story on Facebook (we are friends with Erica) -- and have been so inspired by his story since.

    We are sending much love, positive thoughts and prayers to Ty, Cindy, Lou and Gavin. You all are amazing! We hope Ty has a terrific time in Disney and we look forward to seeing pics!

    - Christina Rae

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