ANITA — Just ask Chris Moore, because thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, kids facing battles similar to his should be careful what they wish for.
After Chris, who as been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and his family learned that he was eligible for a wish, his mother, Tammy, brought the paperwork to Wish Assistant Polly Mills.
Mills’ question to the family was, when they would like to see Chris’ wish fulfilled.
“I didn’t realize that was how it worked,” Tammy said. “I thought it had to be approved by a board of some kind.”
At that point, however, she said she didn’t even know where Chris wanted to go. He has always loved Mickey Mouse on TV, and thus, the family — including dad Daniel and sister Amanda — made plans to travel to Disney World — Disney Parks, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios, as well as Universal Studios, Universal’s Island of Adventure and Sea World — in Orlando, Fla., in November.
The Moores stayed at Give Kids the World Village, a non-profit, 70-acre resort in Kissimmee, Fla., for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Chris and his sister Amanda received presents every day while staying at the village.
Chris said his favorite attraction was the Dumbo ride at the Magic Kingdom because it would go up and down. But his biggest thrill was meeting Mickey Mouse live and in person.
“Mickey and Minnie Mouse came to the village and signed the feet of the stuffed Mickey he received when they first arrived at the village,” Tammy said.
The family ate its meals at the Gingerbread House, enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal, and Chris and the other children met Santa Claus. Every child — not just the Wish Kids — received presents from Santa Claus.
At Universal’s Island of Adventure, the family met Marvel Comics characters, including Spiderman.
“I was wearing a VIP badge because we received the easy pass at all the parks, which allows Wish Kids to go to the beginning of the line for all of the rides,” Tammy said. “Chris was wearing a special badge identifying him as a Wish Kid, and they have lookouts at each of these parks who are on the lookout for Wish families.”
Tammy said the lookout at Universal took them for a personalized tour to meet Spiderman, as well as Captain America and the X-Men.
The family also spent a day at Sea World, where they saw Shamu and the Clyde & Seamore Sea Lion Show.
Chris has had a tough life right from the very beginning, as he has ankylglossia, a heart murmur, kidney reflux, delayed sitting and spent six weeks in the DRMC Neo-Natal unit before he was allowed to come home. He’s also suffered from gross motor delay; had tubes placed in his ears due to infections; was diagnosed as autistic; and attends special classes at Mapleview Elementary School.
Tammy said on top of all of that, he was diagnosed last year with muscular dystrophy.
“We were so thankful that Make-A-Wish was able to provide Chris and the rest of the family with a dream vacation to all of the Orlando Amusement Parks and Give Kids the World resort,” she said.