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If You Wish Upon a Star

Written by FM Staff  |  Found in: Dinner Dialogue
If You Wish Upon a Star

The goal of the Make-A-Wish foundation is to "enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions."  And that's what they were trying to do by offering 4-year-old McKenna May a trip to Disney World.  McKenna, who was diagnosed with leukemia, has gone through two years of intensive treatment, including chemotherapy, 15 spinal taps and a host of other procedures.  While she won't be ruled "cancer free" for five years, she has ended her treatments, hopefully ending her battle with the disease.  Because of this, her father, William May, who does not live with McKenna but recently received visitation rights, has refused to sign the required paperwork that would allow McKenna to receive the trip.  He wants to see the trip go to a child who has a terminal illness, who is "only going to live year or six months."

Read the article: Father blocks 4-year-old's Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World (Yahoo! News)

Serve it Up:

  • What is your immediate reaction to Mr. May's decision to deny McKenna's wish to go to Disneyworld? Do you appreciate the idea of giving the trip to a more deserving child? If you were McKenna's mother, what do you think you would do? If you were her father?
  • If you knew, for a fact, that McKenna's trip would mean that another child, who had a year to live, was not going to get her wish, would it affect you decision?
  • McKenna's grandmother said that Disneyworld was all McKenna talked about for 3 months after finding out about the trip.  Does McKenna being told about the trip make it too cruel to revoke?
  • Make-a-Wish would allow McKenna to go without her father's approval only with approval from the court.  Would you ask a judge for such permission in this case?
  • We know from Romans 8:20 that "all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." How would you try and explain that to four-year-old McKenna?  Can you think of some ways in which God might use McKenna missing her trip for good?

Enough money was donated from friends, family and people who heard her story, including some Disney employees, that McKenna's mom was able to plan a trip with McKenna to Disneyland.  The Hilton Orlando even offered the family five free nights stay. 

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic Licenseby darlene