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Local kids receive special trip to Disney World through Make-A-Wish event

Local kids receive special trip to Disney World through Make-A-Wish event. Thursday, April 26, 2018 (ABC7 photo)

Cheering, crowds, and handmade signs filled the outside entrance to JetBlue on Thursday morning.

“My name is Kait and this is my family and we’re going to Disney World!” 9-year-old Kaitlynn Thomas shouted to the crowd, smiling from ear to ear.

Kaitlynn and two other children — 4-year-old Samuel and 4-year-old Evelynn — are heading to Disney World with their families as a part of a Make-A-Wish event.

“Disney World, I love it because it is the best!” Kaitlynn said, once inside the airport.

JetBlue and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic teamed up to make the trip happen for the three local families.

“It could not have come at a better time,” said Evelynn’s dad, Stephen Fowler, from Fairfax Station. “We are so excited just to kind of get away and be immersed in, like, a magical experience for a week.”

It’s a chance for the little ones, all dealing with serious illnesses, to just be kids.

“The essence of what we do at Make-A-Wish is strive to take all the pain, all the hospital visits, all the pokes and prods by doctors, and make them a distant memory, if only for a moment,” said Tara Wilson-Jones, with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.

Seeing the children light up is just as magical for their families.

“All these people, they don’t know him,” Samuel’s mother said, holding onto the 4-year-old. “They don’t know me. They’re just here to support us and what he’s been through, so, I mean, it’s just amazing.”

The families will spend a week in Disney World and return next Thursday.

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