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ATWOOD (October 6) — A West Carroll Elementary student received the surprise of his life Sunday as Make-a-Wish revealed that he’ll spend next week’s Fall Break in Florida to visit …
ATWOOD (October 6) — A West Carroll Elementary student received the surprise of his life Sunday as Make-a-Wish revealed that he’ll spend next week’s Fall Break in Florida to visit Disney World and other attractions.
Nathan Stevenson is a fifth grader at WCES. The eleven-year-old son of Tabitha Stevenson-Rouse and Jason Rouse of Atwood and Chris Stevenson of Nashville, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at two weeks old and with autism at two years old.
Make-a-Wish Mid-South volunteers Melissa and Ronnie Barker came to Atwood Church of Christ to reveal that the foundation was sending Nathan, Tabitha and Jason on a dream vacation from October 14-20. When Nathan arrived, he was presented with luggage for the family, Disney-themed clothes, a new pair of sneakers, toys, a stuffed Mickey Mouse, an autograph book, and, of course, sets of mouse ears for the whole family.
The three will stay at Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, Florida, that provides cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. Guests are provided with fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and more.
During their stay, Nathan and his parents will visit several Disney parks, along with Universal Studios, Sea World and Legoland.
Nathan told The Banner he was most excited about riding roller coasters at Magic Kingdom and that his favorite character is Mickey Mouse.
Tabitha said, “I don’t have words to describe what it means to us.” She talked about the numerous daily treatments and medications and how most people don’t realize what all Nathan has been through and continues to go through every day. “He wants to be a normal child, and I feel like this trip will let him be a normal child.”