(MSNBC) A 4-year-old girl who went through two years of cancer treatments isn’t being allowed to go on a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World because her father said she’s in remission and the trips should go to children who are sicker than his daughter.
The young girl, McKenna May of Haskins, had the trip postponed twice while was undergoing treatment for leukemia and finally was set to go in August when the father refused to sign off on the trip, the girl’s mother and grandmother said Thursday.
The family said Make-A-Wish requires signatures from both parents if either have visitation rights or is listed on the birth certificate. McKenna’s parents never married or lived together. Her grandmother said the father only recently received visitation privileges.
McKenna’s mother and grandmother are now collecting donations at local businesses to pay for the trip to Disney on their own. Money has poured in since their story spread beyond northwest Ohio. They haven’t told McKenna why the Make-A-Wish trip was canceled.
“We’ve told her we’re still going to Disney, just not when she thought it was happening,” said her grandmother, Lori Helppie. “We don’t want her judge her father.”
Her father, William May of Toledo, said donations made to the organization should help those who are terminally ill.
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