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Father of Girl, 4, Cancels Make A Wish Trip to Disneyland

What do you all think of this? I think it is mean of the father! Kids should be kids and not have to learn about disappointment so young!

TOLEDO, Ohio — 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.

"Spend the money on a child who this might be their last memory," May said Thursday. "Kids who are only going to live a year or six months."

The girl's grandmother said that McKenna has had a rough two years and won't be judged to be free of cancer until five years after her last treatment, which was last month.

McKenna was diagnosed with leukemia in April 2010, just before she turned two. Chemotherapy treatments affected her speech and immune system, and she had three extended stays in the hospital.

She also broke her leg in a fall. Doctors told the family that it would better to wait to go to Disney until McKenna was done with treatment, Helppie said.

"She's been through quite a bit," Helppie said. "We have had quite the journey getting her back to being like every other 4-year-old."

McKenna's mother, Whitney Hughes, said she's overwhelmed that so many people have reached out to help. The family expects that they'll soon have enough money to go to Disney. It's something McKenna has talked about for months, her mom said.

"She wants to go see Mickey and the princesses," Hughes said.

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Re: Father of Girl, 4, Cancels Make A Wish Trip to Disneyland

what a bitch father~

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Re: Father of Girl, 4, Cancels Make A Wish Trip to Disneyland

Oh, I think that father might have a little more in store for his daughter. I admire him under the assumption that he will not only treat her to Disney in the future (or the equiv) while also teaching her (should she survive) to put others first.

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Re: Father of Girl, 4, Cancels Make A Wish Trip to Disneyland

Maybe, in his mind, by denying her the trip he is also denying her cancer and her chance of remission. He's already stated that the trip should be for the terminally ill. No trip=no terminal cancer.

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Re: Father of Girl, 4, Cancels Make A Wish Trip to Disneyland

I think he is trying to convince himself. They don't know yet that the cancer won't return.

The two years of treatments should be enough for her to get to go!

I think she should go and have a good time. Death is an evil, evil bitch! She gives you a little time back, then takes you away!

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Re: Father of Girl, 4, Cancels Make A Wish Trip to Disneyland

Poor girl, but I understand the fathers wishes.

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Re: Father of Girl, 4, Cancels Make A Wish Trip to Disneyland

That's so cruel of the father. I understand where he's coming from but really? The papers were already all prepared and ready to sign when he said no. He had at the very beginning to say no, so as not to crush her hopes. Glad to hear the mother and grandmother are getting so much support.

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Re: Father of Girl, 4, Cancels Make A Wish Trip to Disneyland

He should have his ass kicked. Good for the Mother and Grandmother.

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Re: Father of Girl, 4, Cancels Make A Wish Trip to Disneyland

Make a wish is one of my favorite charities.
I could not do this to a child. Oh hell no.

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Re: Father of Girl, 4, Cancels Make A Wish Trip to Disneyland

With a face like that i wouldn't take her outside either.

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