Local kids receive special trip to Disney World through Make-A-Wish event
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) —
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.