Standing alongside his new pal, Captain Mickey, 8-year-old Ethan, who battles two rare genetic diseases, steered Disney Cruise Liner the Disney Dream forward and into the ocean – exceeding what he expected when he first wished to go on a Disney cruise.
During their voyage, Ethan and his family spent many afternoons exploring the ship, enjoying the food, relaxing in the pool and repeatedly taking rides down the Mickey slide. Ethan said he really enjoyed the movie theater and the show Believe, but his favorite part of the trip was the Kid’s Club.
While on board the ship, Ethan and his family got to spend some quality time with the other Make-A-Wish families on the trip. The wish children all received a private meeting with Mickey and special accommodations like afternoon cupcakes and a preloaded arcade card. “People our age don’t get sick kids, and we did, and we felt that was the end of everything,” said Ashley, Ethan’s mother. “For us to experience something like this, it’s just life changing. It’s something we’ll never forget.”
To bring the magic of the wish home with him, Ethan got his very own Captain Mickey stuffed animal, and even months later, still sleeps with it every night. Ethan’s mother said the experience gave him the freedom to just be a kid. “It was pretty incredible. Definitely something that we couldn’t do for him, so it was great to see him say ‘this is the most incredible thing I’ve ever experienced.’”
Wish granters: Mike Cann & Dan Kaufman
Referred by Ashley Brown, his mother
Wish adopted by the Batchelor Foundation