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Mason wished to go to Walt Disney World

“You gave him love and self esteem and worked from the inside out where now his light shines for all to see... ”

I really do not know where to start. It has been a week and a half since we returned from our wish trip to Florida and I cannot express my gratitude enough for all that was done for my family. We had such an amazing experience and we truly felt loved, appreciated, special, and it gave us a chance as a family to really just have fun. For so long life has been "serious" and Make-A-Wish, Give Kids the World, Disney, Universal, and so many other volunteers gave my family a gift I could not give them. We are so grateful and blessed to have this experience. I cannot express how much this means to us and how much it meant to my son. When we first debated about contacting Make-A-Wish I could not accept that my son was a candidate for a wish, my son was not dying and we were too prideful to ask for help. My one wish was what I wrote in my initial letter, that Mason would find a good plastic surgeon to help repair his scarred face from his cancer. I was so selfish because I was so worried how people would treat him. I did not want to him suffer from stares and teasing. But Give Kids the World and Make-A-Wish gave my son something more than a surgeon to repair his outer appearance. You gave him love and self esteem and worked from the inside out where now his light shines for all to see, and now most of the time I cannot even see his scars, because his smile overwhelms anything else on his face.

You are a wonderful group of people and God has blessed our family to have put us in contact with your wonderful organization. My wife and I now see that like the scriptures say, when you are in the service of your fellow being you are only in the service of your God. You are doing God''s work. We have both said when our life settles down a little and we are not running to the cancer clinic, getting labs, etc..that both of us would like to get more involved in giving back and being givers and not just receivers alone. Please let me know how we can get more involved. Thank you!

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