McKenna May, only 4 years old, has endured 15 spinal taps, chemotherapy and numerous hospital stays. In 2010, McKenna was diagnosed with leukemia and to the joy of her parents, she had her last treatment in June of this year, according to the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune.
Before this time, McKenna was entered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to go to Disney World. The foundation granted this request, but McKenna won’t be going to Disney — at least not yet.
The Sentinel-Tribune reports that even though McKenna won’t be officially considered cancer free until five years from now, her father, William May, said that he thinks the money would be better used on other children.
“I think it should go to kids who only have six months to live,” he said, refusing to sign the papers that would allow McKenna and her family to take the trip.
Although, CEO and President of Make-A-Wish in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Susan McConnell said McKenna still qualifies:
“The doctors are the ones who determine if she is qualified,” McConnell explained.
McConnell said it is unfortunate that the family yanked their request for a wish since the father wouldn’t sign off.
“She’s been through a lot,” she said of McKenna. “What I really feel bad about is she is stuck in the middle.”
McKenna’s mother, Whitney Hughes, and grandmother, Lori Helppie, say they thinks it is a feud between Hughes and her ex-husband that is kept him from signing off on the papers. Two parental signatures are usually required for the foundation to officially send a family on a trip.
“He has made it such an ugly fiasco. It’s not about him – it’s about McKenna,” Helppie said to the Sentinel-Tribune. “But he’s doing this to get back.”
May said this is not the case but did acknowledge that it “ticked [him] off” not being able to be more involved during a time when his daughter was sick. The Sentinel-Tribune reports that he was granted visitation privileges earlier this year.
Still, Helppie is telling McKenna she will eventually get to Disney World. The family is raising money with change jars around town that will help fund the trip. They have a goal of raising $3,500.
(H/T: Daily Mail)