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Grayson Catches a Ride at Disney World

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“ The wish restored a glimmer of happiness and joy we had forgotten as a family. ”


- Sara, Grayson's Mom

Grayson is a playful and mature five year-old boy who loves trains, his brothers and his dogs.

Diagnosed with leukemia in July 2010, he has had continuous chemotherapy sessions to treat his condition. Sara, Grayson's mom referred him to Make-A-Wish® Illinois, where he expressed his desire to travel to Walt Disney World with his family. He had remembered an earlier trip to Disney when he and his brothers had so much fun and wanted to recreate that feeling. The trip began with a limo ride to the airport, a first for Grayson and his brothers. After the plane landed in Orlando, the family was excited to start their week of fun in the sun.

They checked into the Give Kids the World Village, a resort designed specifically for children with life-threatening medical conditions. After settling in and checking out the pool area, the family set out for an adventure in the many theme parks of the Orlando area. At Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Grayson met many superheroes and even snagged a photo with Wolverine.

The next day, the family traveled to Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom where a surprise for Grayson was waiting. Grayson was named a Disney Train Engineer for the day! Part of his duties included ringing the train’s whistle and shouting ‘All aboard.’ The family rode the train through the park with big smiles on their faces.

His mom said he enjoyed the train ride the best and all of the smiles and excitement that went along with the trip. “He enjoyed each day with his brothers. It was pure innocence and love!”

Grayson will remember this wish for the rest of his life. According to his mom, having this wish granted ‘restored a glimmer of happiness and joy we had forgotten as a family.’

The wish restored a glimmer of happiness and joy we had forgotten as a family. ”

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