Ask Father to Allow Daughter’s Make-A-Wish Disney Trip

Target: William May

Goal: Make daughter’s dream of visiting Disney World come true

The Make-A-Wish foundation makes dreams come true every day for children with cancer. Four-year -old McKenna May was one of these children, and she spent the last two years in treatment for leukemia. Recently, she received her final treatment, though it will be another five years until she is deemed cured, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation wants to grant her wish of visiting Disney World.

Make-A-Wish requires both the child’s parents to sign off on the wish, and McKenna’s father refuses to sign because he believes that Make-A-Wish should only grant the wishes of terminally ill children. His own daughter has undergone two years of cancer treatments at a very young age, and while she is luckier than other children with cancer, she has still undergone many hardships that many adults have trouble getting through. Her mother and grandmother, determined to still grant McKenna’s wish, have officially pulled the wish request and are now collecting donations to fulfill her wish themselves, but they are still far from the $3500 needed for the trip.

The Make-A-Wish foundation has bypassed the requirement for both parents to sign off on a wish when a parent is unknown or cannot be found, and a court order can be issued to make William May sign off on the wish, but McKenna’s mother and grandmother are not hopeful that they will get the court order. The CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation believes that McKenna deserves to go, but policy states that she cannot allow it without both parents’ signatures.

By signing the petition below, you are asking William May to allow his daughter her wish to go to Disney World. She has endured so much at such a young age, and deserves to have her wish fulfilled.


Mr. William May,

Your four-year-old daughter has been through more than most adults in the last two years while being treated for leukemia. Now she has come out the other side, healthy and happy, and desires to celebrate by going to Disney World. A wonderful foundation has agreed to grant her wish, even though she is no longer receiving treatment, because they believe that she deserves to have a trip. However, you have chosen not to help her get her wish.

It is agreed that terminally ill children should receive one last wish, but young children who go through the horrors of cancer treatment should deserve a reward as well. Your daughter still has her health, and she has been granted the trip of a lifetime. That you don’t believe she is worthy of this is damaging to her, not only mentally, but physically as well, and could have a serious effect on her recovery in the future–possibly even leading to a relapse of her cancer.

I am asking you to please allow your daughter the joy of a trip to Disney World. Don’t punish your daughter for surviving cancer and being healthy enough to take a trip when she has spent half her life in and out of hospitals and sick from both her illness and the drugs used to treat it.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. As a long term childhood cancer survivor myself,this fathers inexplicable refusal to let his little girl go to Disney World after her grueling illness breaks my heart.Does he realize that the treatments she endured may cause secondary cancers to develop(in my case it did),and that those cancers may prove fatal?Or that the leukemia can make a reappearance at any time? WHY not let the poor little girl enjoy this trip now,while she CAN;no one knows what her future holds. Of COURSE she has earned this trip;she has suffered so many horrors,and been sick throughout much of her short life.C’mon,Dad;search your heart,and if you can’t do it for your little girl,do it for your own self-esteem;you will never regret making her happy if things go wrong later with her health(you’ll never regret it anyway!)I have also lost 2 loved ones to cancer,and i can tell you my only regrets concern those things i COULD have given them(more time,love,understanding,ect..),and didn’t.You NEVER regret being kind!

  2. Erica Ruedas says:

    This little girl has already been given her well-deserved Disney trip thanks to the kindness of strangers who donated enough money to privately finance the trip. No need for this petition any longer!

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