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Ethan travels to his favorite theme park

Ethan and his buddy Mickey Mouse

“ This trip has been the only time during Ethan's life that our family has been able to get away. ”


- Ethan's mother Sarah

The expression on Ethan’s face when he turned the corner and saw Mickey Mouse was enough to bring anyone to tears. Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina helped grant his wish to go to Disney World to meet Mickey Mouse.

Ethan was born a micro preemie and everyday he is beating the odds.  He suffers from epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and hydrocephalus.  This trip was the first time during Ethan’s life that his family was able to get away.  His mother said this experience was once in a lifetime for Ethan and that she remembered visiting Disney as a child and wanted Ethan to be able to be able to do the same.

His family will never forget the day of Ethan’s seventh birthday, the day he met Mickey Mouse. It was as if he was reaching out to Mickey once he caught sight of him. For Ethan and his family the trip was unforgettable, they felt like they had known the families in which they met at the Give Kids the World Village for years understanding each other in ways words cannot fully describe.

Ethan’s family shed tears of joy on his birthday and still cherish the memories of his trip to Disney.

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