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.