Father Wants To Use Daughter’s Survivor Reward Money To Help Dying Kids
An Ohio man whose 4-Year-old daughter recently overcame her battle with leukemia says the reward money promised to the young girl to celebrate her miraculous achievement should be spent on other cancer-striken children with little time to live.
Although the Make-A-Wish foundation agreed to fund the Disney trip following the girl’s survival, her father won’t sign off on the trip. The little girl’s mother believes her father’s refusal is being fueled by bitter feelings towards their current custody battle that is under way.
After 4-year-old McKenna May survived leukemia, the Make-A-Wish Foundation signed on to send the young girl to Disney World to commemorate the milestone.
Despite the fact the young girl from Haskins, Ohio, endured two years of cancer treatments, her father, William, refuses to sign off on the trip. He told the Sentinel Tribune that he doesn’t believe money should be spent on “cured” children.
“I think it should go to kids who only have six months to live,” he explained.
Make-A-Wish states that any child between 2 1/2 and 18 years of age with a life-threatening medical condition may be eligible for a wish, and that medical eligibility is determined by the child’s physician. While McKenna has completed treatment for her life-threatening illness, she won’t be considered “cancer free” for another five years.
McKenna’s mother believes his refusal stems from a grudge for not having visitation rights to see his daughter until earlier this year. According to Gawker, McKenna’s grandmother thinks William “has made it such an ugly fiasco,” further stating, “It’s not about him – it’s about McKenna. But he’s doing this to get back.”
The family has instead placed collection jars at various locations in Bowling Green, Ohio, reports Yahoo, hoping to reach the $3,500 necessary for the trip without any Make-A-Wish support.
Hmmm….this is a tricky one. Let’s discuss, Bossip readers.
Should the father let his deserving little girl take the Disney Trip and not stand in the way? Or is it more important to teach her a valuable lesson by suggesting the funds be spent on other children who won’t be as fortunate?