2013-05-17 / Front Page

Limestone-Central helps make Dylan’s wish come true

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer


Dylan, a 6-year-old Gray Court resident with leukemia, will be able to join his family on a dream vacation to Disney World in June. Limestone-Central Elementary student council members (shown here) presented a $650 donation Wednesday to Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteer Danielle Lamb on behalf of Dylan. Dylan, a 6-year-old Gray Court resident with leukemia, will be able to join his family on a dream vacation to Disney World in June. Limestone-Central Elementary student council members (shown here) presented a $650 donation Wednesday to Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteer Danielle Lamb on behalf of Dylan. While he battled leukemia, Dylan dreamed he could one day meet Mickey Mouse and experience the magic of Disney World.

The 6-year-old Gray Court resident has been diagnosed with acute T-cell leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow and blood. His wish to visit Disney World was the focus of a year-long fundraising effort by Limestone- Central Elementary student council members.

Now Dylan will visit Disney World in June after his wish was granted through the Make- A-Wish Foundation. His last name was not released by the foundation because of privacy concerns.

Make-A-Wish raises money from individuals and companies to grant the wishes of children who have life-threatening medical conditions.

The average cost of a wish is $6,700. The wishes are subject to the approval of the medical professionals treating the child.

Special treats planned for Dylan’s trip to Disney World include access to a 24-hour ice cream shop; Disney characters on site; a fun park filled with rides and a playground; and transportation to and from the park. In addition, Disney provides extra spending money for families on a Make-A-Wish theme park trip.

The Limestone-Central Elementary Student Council raised $650 towards the wish through sales of candy, Gaffney High Indian tattoos, paper Make-A-Wish stars, and held drawings to win ice cream treats, Limestone-Central Elementary student council advisor Beverly Ward said. Each item cost 50 cents and all proceeds went toward Dylan’s trip.

“We are pleased our students were able to help make Dylan’s wish come true,” Ward said. “He will visit all of the Disney parks. He and his family will stay at a resort called ‘Give Kids the World.’ His family will be accommodated in a cottage surrounded by other families. This will give them an opportunity to meet new friends and establish close relationships.”

Limestone-Central Elementary student council members found out about Dylan’s wish last fall from school psychologist Danielle Lamb, a volunteer with the South Carolina Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation has never turned down a medically qualified South Carolina child for a wish and grants more than 130 wishes each year.

“We have children who wish to go some place, meet celebrities, be a firefighter or princess for a day, or have something built for them,” Lamb said. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation recently built a fence for one child’s wish so they would have a place to keep a horse near their home. The fun part is being able to make a child’s wish come true.”

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