Over the years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted thousands of wishes for kids with life-threatening conditions. On Thursday, the program welcomed back a special 12-year-old boy after an unforgettable trip to Disney World. Ian, who suffers from convulsions, attended the trip with his family.
“He was just in his element, as you would say. He was enjoying the day.,” said Ian’s grandfather, Luis De La Garza. “The music and the movement and the color is what stimulates him, and Disney just puts on a big show."
The trip was thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Ian’s sponsor, Samuel’s Diamonds, who donated more than $7,000 to pay for the Ian’s trip expenses.
Samuel’s Diamonds participates in Jewelers for Children, an organization that helps fund wishes for children across the country.
“To see them have a break from treatments and doctors, and everything they go through,” said Sarah Gaye Conner, spokeswoman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “To be able to experience that joy and that hope, strength. It is something that stays with you.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and South Texas has helped grant more than 3,000 wishes to local kids since 1985.