A LITTLE boy who has a rare, incurable brain tumour has been able to enjoy a dream holiday in Disney World with his family.
As previously reported in The Gazette, people from around the world responded in their thousands when they heard about the plight of four-year-old Jayden Wilson, from Basingstoke, who was diagnosed with a tumour in September last year.
Nearly £14,000 was donated online through an appeal set up to send Jayden to Disney to create special memories with his family.
Mike Wilson, Jayden’s dad, said: “It was absolutely amazing. Everything we planned to do and wanted to do we did. It was very special.”
Jayden, a pupil at St Mark’s Primary School, in Hatch Warren, was taken to hospital after falling over on August 28, 2013, suffering a bump to his head which left him unsteady on his feet.
Following an MRI scan at Southampton General Hospital, his family was given the devastating news that surgeons believed Jayden had a tumour.
Mike, 31, who is a member of the world famous 3Run group, set up a Facebook page, Hope for Jayden, asking followers to wish for a miracle.
But on September 10 last year, the family’s worst fears became a reality when Mike and his partner 34-year-old Lou Scandrett were told their son had a grade four stem tumour which cannot be operated on.
Just 450 people in the UK are diagnosed with the same tumour, and of those, only two or three are incurable.
Facebook users have continued to follow the family’s story online, with people from all over the world posting their support.
A Just Giving page raised £4,000 in 24 hours, and eventually generated enough for Mike, Lou, Jayden, and his six-year-old sister Ella to go to Disney World in Florida.
First Choice and Thomson also stepped in to help, and organised for the family to meet several characters while at Disney, including Jayden’s hero, Spiderman.
Mike said the funds will also help the family, from Beggarwood, to live more comfortably. He said: “We want to spend the most time we can with the kids. We want to create memories.”
He added: “We just can’t thank those who donated enough. It’s made our family smile. We are going through such a tough time and you can’t help but think about the inevitable. We are hoping for a miracle.”
He added: “To be able to have everyone support us, and to make our dream come true, if there was a word that expressed my thanks better than the word ‘thank you’ then I would say it. There’s nothing to describe how thankful we are.”