February 25, 2014

London toddler granted ‘Wish’ to see Mickey Mouse

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Three-year-old Michael Bloomingdale of London had his wish granted in December when he and his family were sent to Walt Disney World Resort to meet his favorite Disney characters.

Michael has been fighting a brain tumor since he was four-months-old. After turning 3, he became eligible to have a wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“Mikey is really into Disney,” said his mom, Jessica Bloomingdale.  “He was really excited when he got to see Mickey (Mouse).”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation sent Michael and his entire family to Disney World for an entire week.

“We were there from Dec. 15 through Dec. 21, Sunday to Saturday,” Bloomingdale said.  “They gave us tickets to all four parks. We ended up going to Sea World, Universal Studios and the Magic Kingdom.”

The family also went to Gator Land, an alligator and reptile resort and took an airboat ride.

According to Bloomingdale, Michael’s favorite part was when he got to see Mickey Mouse and Sponge Bob Square Pants.

“Since we got home, he wants anything with Mickey,” Bloomingdale said.  “He had such a good time. He was so happy the entire trip.”

Bloomingdale said that she was truly grateful for Make-A-Wish and everything the organization did for Michael and her family.

“Make-A-Wish is excellent,” Bloomingdale said.  “I’ve told friends of mine that they need to get involved.  It’s a really great thing.”

Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Currently, there are more than 170 children in Kentucky waiting for their wish to come true.

For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to inquire how you can help, visit their website at or call 1-877-206-9474.

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