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...