Four-year-old Luke Nelson finally got to meet his favorite Disney character - Mickey Mouse.
It all happened during a recent trip to Florida’s Disney World where Luke, his parents Clint and Mia, sisters Lilly, 7, Lyla, 2, and brother Lincoln, 5 months, enjoyed six nights of fun on an all-expense paid trip to the happiest place on earth.
"It was an incredible trip,” Mia said. “We are all full of sugar and partied really good.”
The trip was made possible by A Wish with Wings.
“They are like the Make-A-Wish Foundation except they are Texas based,” Mia said. “Their office is right down the street from Cook Children’s. We had a wish coordinator and they set up everything for us.”
Luke was diagnosed at three with a rare form of childhood cancer. After lengthy treatments the cancer is now in remission.
The family’s adventure to Disney World began with a very special flight to Florida.
Once a year, American Airlines and The Something mAAgic Foundation partner to grant children with life-threatening medical conditions a trip to Orlando.
When the family arrived at DFW Airport they were greeted by American Airlines personnel holding balloons.
“They took care of all our luggage and helped the kids get through TSA,” Mia said.
While they waited for their flight, they were treated to a luau-style party complete with lunch and Disney characters.
And the magic continued in Florida where they stayed in the “Give the Kids the World” village.
“We had a three bedroom, 2 bath villa,” Mia said. “The village served food and ice cream 24 hours a day. There was also a swimming pool and a carousel. It was amazing. Luke bounced up and down the entire time - all he wanted to do was see Mickey Mouse.”
And he did just that.
Luke and his sisters met Mickey and all of the other Disney characters.
They attended Mickey’s “not so scary Halloween party” and were whisked to the front of the lines on all the rides.
It was a dream come true for a young family that has been through more than a year of struggles.
“It was weird seeing Luke be a normal four year old,” Mia said. “He was diagnosed when he was three and until that trip I didn’t realize how much of his childhood he had missed.
“It was great watching him get to be a kid.”