Return to mobile version

Ryan Celebrates His Birthday at Disney

  • The Wish Family poses for a Cars-themed picture

  • Ryan snaps a photo with Winnie-the-Pooh

  • Ryan and Tigger smile for the camera

  • Ryan and his sister

  • Ryan gives a high-five to his new friend

  • Wish Kid Ryan enjoying every second of his wish trip

“ The trip gave us something we were not expecting: the opportunity to see Ryan as a healthy, happy kid again. ”


- Wish Kid Ryan's Mom

Ryan’s life has been far from easy. Diagnosed with Pleuropulmonary Blastoma, a rare type of lung cancer, the five-year old has endured long stints in the hospital during treatment. Although these stays could have broken his spirit, Ryan is a brave little boy who found comfort and hope in watching his favorite Disney characters.

Ryan’s most heartfelt wish was to one day visit Walt Disney World® Resort and meet the characters he loved so much.

Ryan, his younger sister and his parents enjoyed a Cars- themed sendoff party before jetting off to Orlando, Florida, where they got to experience the most magical place on Earth.

Only previously being able to imagine Walt Disney World® Resort in his dreams, Ryan could barely contain his excitement as he met characters like Piglet, Mickey Mouse, and Buzz Lightyear. Ryan even celebrated his birthday at the magical theme park!

Ryan’s wish created a renewed sense of hope and strength for his entire family. For Ryan’s mom, Angela, the value of their wish experience is undeniable. “The trip gave us something we were not expecting: the opportunity to see Ryan as a healthy, happy kid again,” she said.

Three years later, the magic and inspiration of Ryan’s wish still remain. Ryan is recovering and spends much of his time painting pictures of his trip. “Ryan continues to talk about our trip quite often and longs one day to return to Disney,” said Angela. 

Until the time comes when he can visit Walt Disney World® Resort again, the special memories Ryan made on his trip will remind him and his family of the joy of a wish come true. 

Join the conversation

Leave a Comment

Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
2545 Farmers Drive
Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 923-0555
Toll Free (877) 206-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Northeast Ohio Region
6060 Rockside Woods Blvd
Suite 315
Independence, OH 44131
(216) 241-3670
Toll Free (888) 272-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Central Ohio Region
2545 Farmers Drive
Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 923-0555
Toll Free (877) 206-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Southern Ohio Region
4500 Cooper Rd
Suite 304
Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 745-9474
Toll Free (888) 441-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Kentucky & Southern Indiana Region
1230 Liberty Bank Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 327-0705
Toll Free Kentucky Only (866) 487-9474
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Indiana Region
6201 Corporate Drive
Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46278
(317) 636-6060
Toll Free Wish Families Only (877) 872-2756
Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Northwest Ohio Region
215 North Saint Clair Street
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 244-9474
Toll Free (800) 666-8539