A six-year-old Corby boy, described as a ‘walking wonder’, has been treated to a magical three-day Disney experience that comes true.
Thanks to Make-A-Wish UK, Fraser Hinde joined other critically ill children at the Staffordshire event.
Disney magic for children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses The Walt Disney Company UK & Ireland, Make-A-Wish UK and The Kentown Wizard Foundation invited the children – many who are unable to travel abroad due to their illness.
Fraser, whose parents describe Andrew and Ali as a “walking wonder,” has consistently defied the odds.
At just 17 months old, the family received the devastating news that Fraser was suffering from an extremely rare and relatively unknown disease called B-cell lymphoma with Burkitt’s MYC gene rearrangement – a disease that usually occurs in children in Africa.
Thought to be one of the youngest people in the world with the disease, 80 percent of his bone marrow was covered and he was critically ill.
At three years old, Fraser was brought in for a bone marrow transplant and only had a five percent survival rate. After finding a 10/10 match of a chord in Belgium, he began his amazing recovery with doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital, who were stunned at how he managed to fight back – they called it every time, when he recovered, “The Fraser Effect”.
Fraser’s mother Ali said: “It’s difficult to know where to start when talking about Fraser. He truly is a living, breathing miracle with everything he’s been through and stood up to.
“When we found out about his condition, it was a terrible time. We were hit with bad news every week and it felt like every day had become a complete guessing game.
“I hope his story can give hope to other families that there is a way back. Watching Fraser meet all of his favorite superheroes, especially Spiderman, was so wonderful – we can’t thank everyone involved enough.”
Fraser traveled to Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire, which was transformed into an enchanted mansion for the occasion, providing a bespoke, immersive Disney experience for hundreds of critically ill children, their siblings and parents.
The UK Make-A-Wish families took part in a variety of Disney activities including a Winnie the Pooh and Friends picnic, Jedi training, a Mickey and Minnie bedtime story, a Frozen -Sing-along, story time with Belle in the grand ballroom, and a Marvel training initiative featuring Marvel Super Heroes.
Make-A-Wish UK supports children and young people who have been diagnosed with a serious illness or life-limiting condition by making their heart’s desire come true.
Jason Suckley, CEO of Make-A-Wish UK, said: “Over 60,000 children in the UK are living with a critical illness and may not be able to travel abroad due to the limitations of their condition – or tragically because they are long gone . We are delighted that over 200 children have had their wishes fulfilled by experiencing the magic of Disney right here in the UK, bringing light and joy exactly when they and their families need it most. We are very grateful to Disney and the Kentown Wizard Foundation for making this event possible.”