Growing up, William has been a big fan of Disney, especially Star Wars, and he loves to eat pizza and to play video games. But, after he developed a tumor in his liver, William didn’t seem to get excited about anything anymore.
"He went through chemotherapy treatments and after he had his liver transplant, and he just wasn’t himself,” said his mom, Christine. “He couldn’t do the things he loved anymore, and his medication made him depressed.”
While he was in the hospital, William found himself thinking back to happy memories from his trip to Walt Disney World a few years ago.
“Going on vacations was something we used to do that made William so happy, and we weren’t able to travel as much when he was sick,” Christine said.
“We dismissed the idea of a wish at first because we didn’t realize what a wish could do,” Christine continued. “When we realized he needed something special for him after everything he’d gone through, we knew just who to call.”
William wished to return to Walt Disney World to experience the magic of this place once again, but this time around was going to be different.
This time, William was celebrating his 1-year anniversary of being cancer-free!
“There are certain things that make you tear up and seeing him so happy and acting like himself again on his wish was amazing,” said Christine. “His wish helped him heal and recover more than I could have imagined.”
Throughout the week, William loved visiting the new Toy Story Land, and going on his favorite rides again and again like the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain.
“We had a Genie Pass where we were able to skip all the lines and we stayed at Give Kids The World, which was like its own theme park,” Christine said.
“William couldn’t wait to get tucked in by Mayor Clayton, the 6-foot-tall bunny rabbit, and he was able to swim in the pool, which was something he wasn’t able to do for more than a year because of his condition.”
All the fun rides and character visits aside, Christine says this experience brought her son back.
“William’s wish really changed him,” said Christine. “We are so grateful for the experience we had and the impact his wish made on not only his life, but on our family."