Donations send 4-year-old cancer patient to Disney World

4-year-old McKenna gets Disney trip after dad denies Make-A-Wish trip

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TOLEDO, Ohio - The 4-year-old Ohio cancer patient whose father said the Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World should go to sick children in more dire circumstances will be meeting Mickey Mouse after all.

McKenna May's mother and grandmother say so many donations have poured in during the last few days that they'll be able to pay for the trip themselves.
Online donations topped $11,000 on Friday.

The girl's father initially refused to sign off on the Make-A-Wish trip because he said she was in remission and that the trips should go to children who are sicker than his daughter.

McKenna lives in Haskins near Toledo. She had the trip postponed twice while she was undergoing treatment for leukemia. Her last treatment was about a month ago.

McKenna's parents never married, but both had to agree to the Make-A-Wish trip.

Local 6 spoke to McKenna's mother, Whitney Hughes, on Thursday who said she was heartbroken to tell her daughter she couldn't go and proceeded to raise money to pay for the trip themselves.

"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."

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

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