PARENTS

Stubborn Dad Stops Cancer Daughter From Going To Disney World - Because She's Not Dying

20/07/2012 16:36 | Updated 22 May 2015

Dad of Cancer Patient Blocks Make-a-Wish Disney Trip

A stubborn dad has baffled well-wishers by refusing to allow his desperately sick daughter from going on a dream holiday to Disney World in Florida.

William May says his four-year-old girl McKenna is no longer at risk of dying of leukaemia so the charity's money should go to another poorly child.

To some, his action may seem selfless, but it seems his motivation is to punish McKenna's mum, Whitney, after they split up acrimoniously - and his actions have devastated the little girl.

McKenna, from Haskins, Ohio, was granted $3,500 (£2,235) to fund a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to the Florida theme park by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, after spending half her short life undergoing agonising treatment for leukaemia.

Her mum and grandma applied to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to give the little girl something to cheer her up while she underwent 15 spinal taps, multiple chemotherapy treatments, and a series of steroid injections.

She had her final treatment last month after showing signs of beating the disease, but won't be officially cancer-free for another five years.

But before the trip could be booked, both parents had to sign a consent form – and her dad refused.

Speaking to the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune newspaper, he argued the gift was an improper use of donations, and that handouts should be reserved for 'kids who only have six months to live'.

However, Whitney is convinced her ex-husband is trying to punish her after he was granted just visitation rights to his daughter earlier this year.

And William admitted he is angry with his ex-wife and her mother, who he claims are preventing him from seeing his daughter.

He said: "I wasn't allowed to be involved. It ticked me off."

Whitney and Lori have refused to give up hope they can still take McKenna to Disney World and are attempting the raise the money themselves, passing around collection jars in their local community.

Lori said: "The important thing is to get her there. She loves Mickey Mouse. She loves Cinderella."

Whitney added: 'She's really excited. It's all she's talked about for the last three months."

Charity chiefs said they were bewildered by the row because they had ruled McKenna was clearly deserving of the trip.

Susan McConnell, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish for Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, said: "The doctors are the ones who determine if she is qualified. She's been through a lot. What I really feel bad about is she is stuck in the middle."

Poor little girl to have been through so much so young!
Suggest a correction