Alexander loves dinosaurs. He’s found his happy place scrolling through pages and pages of dinosaur videos on YouTube, mimicking their roars and waiting for the day he can see them up close in person.
After receiving his second cancer diagnosis in three years, Alexander was granted a wish to go to Disney World. Alexander battles a type of cancer called Langerhans-Cell Histiocytosis, which is a type of cancer that affects the body’s tissue.
“He’s always been a happy kid with such a happy disposition,” said Alexander’s Dad, Samuel. “That’s really helped him out a lot.”
After months of watching videos of park guests alongside prehistoric pals, 5-year-old Wish Kid, Alexander is going to get a chance to walk with dinosaurs this November.
“We call it Dino World,” said Samuel. “He [Alexander] found videos of the dinosaur park at Disney World, and he absolutely loves it.”
Alexander and his family take each day in stride, knowing that helping Alexander with chemo and surgeries comes with some difficult days.
“He understands what’s going on,” Samuel said. “It’s amazing what kids can grasp when you explain to them.”
Since learning about his wish, Alexander’s spirits are enlivened at the thought of visiting the dinosaurs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
“He’s been telling everyone that he’s going to Florida,” Samuel said. “I don’t even think he knows where Florida is, but it’s all he can talk about. We’re excited to see him experience it all.”
Alexander’s family were not sure he would be able to make the trip to “Dino World,” due to his current treatments, but after speaking with his doctors, they encouraged the family to move forward with the trip.
“We were surprised when we got the OK, but we’re so happy we did,” Samuel said. “We’re trying not to focus on the cancer, but the journey is takes us on. He really is a remarkable kid.”
Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. This may improve their quality of life and produce better health outcomes, according to a 2015 medical study.
Alexander and his family will spend a week in Florida visiting theme parks, including his beloved, “Dino World,” and he will get the opportunity to dig up fossils and even meet a “live” raptor named “Blue.”