Rider knew he was going to a food truck rally.
He knew he was going to catch a glimpse of some of the coolest motorcycles the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum had to offer.
But what he didn’t know was that his one true, heartfelt wish was about to be granted.
The three-year-old has had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since he was born. But that doesn’t stop him. He lives every single day to the fullest…at full speed. His shy personality, dimpled cheeks and infectious smile define who he is. Not his illness.
Rider was all smiles at the Make-A-Wish Alabama food truck event at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum when he was surprised with finding out his wish trip to Disney World…was coming true.
“He absolutely loved being the center-of-attention,” Rider’s mother, Amber, said.
It marked the first time Rider and his family had experienced the awe, the wonder and the inspiration of the Magic Kingdom.
And it didn’t disappoint.
“Him seeing Buzz Lightyear was the best moment ever,” Rider’s mother, Amber, said.
Rider is a huge Toy Story fan, so whenever they ran into Buzz at the park – Amber says it took Rider by complete surprise.
“This was the first and best interaction that we had with any of the characters the entire time we were down there,” Amber said.
The family stayed at Give Kids the World, where Rider loved playing in the water on the Splash Pod. Amber described the trip as “the best trip ever,” when asked to briefly describe their time together and the trip as a whole.
At Make-A-Wish Alabama, we take pride in fulfilling each child’s one true, heartfelt wish and giving the wish child a fresh new outlook on life.
Rider’s wish was no different.
During our first year in operation as a new chapter in 2013, Make-A-Wish Alabama granted 130 wishes. This year, Make-A-Wish Alabama is on course to grant at least 140 wishes.