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Make-A-Wish postpones 5-year-old's trip to Disney due to COVID-19

Make-A-Wish forced to postpone wishes
Posted at 11:20 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 23:20:22-04

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has postponed granting life-changing wishes to children due to the coronavirus pandemic

One Southern Florida family's plans to go to Disneyworld have been put on hold.

5-year-old, Jacob Briggs, is a true survivor. At 15-months he was diagnosed with leukemia.

“He did his treatment for three and a half years. We just finished a year ago April 20th, ” said his mother, Kathryn Muson.

His mother says the journey to recovery has been a tough one.

Jacob is now cancer-free and is awaiting his wish to be granted.

In partnership with Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Jacob Briggs was set to go to Disney World in March, but plans have been delayed due to COVID-19.

“When this happened we were three days from leaving and then they shut Disney down, ” said Kathryn Munson.

Jacob has a weakened immune system.

“I want to make sure that he’s safe more than anything, then we’ll have fun later” KATHRYN MUNSON//MOTHER

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to critically-ill children ages two and a half to eighteen.

“In SWFL we have about 100 kids that are in the pipeline at this time, ” said Norman Wedderburn.

The coronavirus outbreak has forced the organization to make some drastic changes, postponing all Make-A-Wish requests until further notice.

But, they have decided to do something special in the meantime, sending messages of hope.

“We are using celebrities, former wish children, volunteers, the police department, lots of children that will be able to convey that message, ” said Wedderburn.

Southern Florida Make-A-Wish CEO, Norman Wedderburn is making it his top priority that all the wishes submitted by the children are still going to be granted.

“He needs to know that as we get the green light, we are going to grant his wish it. Is going to be amazing, ” said Wedderburn.

For more information on how to volunteer or make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation head to wish.org.