CLEVELAND– Dreams came true for a local 3-year-old.
Mya Markley is battling stage 3 neuroblastoma at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. But thanks to A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter, the Mentor girl and her family got to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
“We had a really good time. We got to meet princesses and ride rides,” said Maya’s mom Brieanna Belt. “Maya smiled the whole time.” Belt said her daughter loved seeing the Disney princesses, especially Cinderella, and kept calling Disney World “home.”
The family returned to Cleveland on Sunday after a seven-day stay at the Give Kids the World Village. They also checked out Universal Studios and Sea World.
“Going down there and experiencing it the way that these wish children do, VIP-style, you never forget that experience. That stays with you,” said Jason Beudert, A Special Wish Cleveland Chapter co-founder.
Beudert said granting wishes not only helps children like Mya, but it has a positive effect on the entire family.
“We have some of the best children’s hospitals in the country… A lot of our children are going to live long and happy lives, they’ve just gone through really, really traumatic illnesses. And this is a way, sort of, to reward them and put a smile on their face,” Beudert said.
The Cleveland Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation has been around for more than four years and currently serves 83 children.