A four-year-old boy living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy had the surprise of a lifetime last week, after a prominent charity informed him he’d be going on a dream trip to Disney World.
Ben Wiechmann, who lives in Wisconsin, USA, was diagnosed with the muscle-wasting condition little over a year ago – and has since been suffering from progressive muscle loss and weakness.
The youngster, who has always been a huge fan of Disney and Mickey Mouse, has faced a number of challenges since his diagnosis – which has also weighed very heavily on his family.
Ben’s father, Michael Wiechmann, recently had to sell the family home in an effort to find a new place better suited to the four-year-old’s needs.
He has also been back and forth to appointments to help his son undergo a series of tests, in order to determine where his condition is heading.
“I would say having to watch him go through this is probably the hardest part,” Michael said.
Following a recommendation from one of their doctors, the family recently penned a letter to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a prominent charity which helps children in need and those with disabilities to realise their dreams.
Shortly after meeting the youngster, Make-A-Wish surprised Ben with a family trip to Disney World in Florida.
Michael Wiechmann said: “We were very excited that this was going to happen for him.
“He deserves it and it’s something for him to look forward to with everything that’s going to come up in the future of his life.”
“It’s something for us to look forward to, and even after it’s over, when times get hard, we can look back on that and say we were able to do that,” he added.
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