Dad of cancer patient, 4, denies Make-A-Wish Disney trip

Girl's mother collecting donations in hopes of making trip

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - An Ohioan says he blocked his 4-year-old daughter's Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World because he doesn't believe donations to the wish-granting organization should be spent on a child who appears clear of illness after two years of cancer treatments.

The Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green reports McKenna May, of Haskins, completed treatment for leukemia but couldn't go to Disney because both parents had to agree.

William May, of Toledo, says he thinks trips should go to sick children in more dire circumstances than his daughter.

A Make-A-Wish official says the girl's treatment struggles qualified her for a wish.

Whitney Hughes says she's collecting donations at local businesses in hopes of still getting her daughter to Disney World.

"She was diagnosed in April 2010 and she's spent the last two years in cancer treatment," Hughes said. "It just was more disappointment that he would do that and I was angry for her because I didn't know how to tell her that we weren't going so I told her that we're going but I don't know when."

McKenna's parents never married. Her grandmother says the father only recently received visitation privileges with the girl.

Local 6 reached out to Disney officials to see if they're doing anything to help McKenna. A spokesperson said they don't want to get involved in a family matter.

People can donate to Fifth Third Bank at 275 South Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio, 43402.

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