Dad Blocks Sick Girl's Dream Disney World Make-A-Wish Trip
McKenna May, a four-year-old from Ohio who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, will not be getting a trip to Walt Disney World via the Make-A-Wish foundation. The reason? Her father has refused to sign off on the vacation, and Make-A-Wish rules state two parents must sign for a minor's trip.
According to Make-A-Wish, the two-parent signature rule is in place so the organization won't find itself in the middle of a custody battle or family issue.
William May, the father, says:
What she's been through sucks. But I think any money that the organization hands out to children, should go to dying kids. Not cured ones. I'm not saying she hasn't been through a lot, but maybe she should get a swing set or something.
It appears William May and McKenna's mother, Whitney Hughs, were in a "brief relationship" at one point in time; now, May is remarried. Sources say May viewed the trip, in part, as an attempt by Hughs to house-hunt in Florida and to ultimately make his bi-weekly visitations more difficult. On the flipside, sources say Hughs believes May is being "spiteful" because he didn't like the trip arrangement.
McKenna's mother and grandmother are in the process of raising money and collecting donations from local businesses in order to take the girl to Disney World. Says Hughs:
It's just really tough that she has to be put through all this. I remember her telling me how she can't wait to see Mickey Mouse and Cinderella while she had needles in her chest. She even packed her small suitcase. I just told her we were still going to Disney. Someday.
As part of her treatment for her diagnosis, McKenna has undergone chemotherapy, steroid injections and 15 spinal taps. She won't be considered free from cancer until five years after her last cancer treatment.
UPDATE: One of our fantastic readers let us know that there has been an outpouring of support for McKenna with many people from all walks of life stepping up to help her get her dream trip to Walt Disney World. Her mother says that they will be taking her on a magical Disney vacation in August, just as originally planed, in large thanks to the Olivia Davis Foundation.