Levi, 3, is a spunky toddler full of spirit and kindness. His mom says he makes friends with everyone he meets, and loves having his nose in a book and riding his bike outside.
Levi was just a little over two-years old when he began to feel sick. He felt ill for six weeks straight, then began to limp. His family took him to a local children’s hospital, and in October of 2015, Levi was diagnosed with leukemia. He is on a three-year chemotherapy plan.
When Levi was first diagnosed, he spent a lot of time watching movies in the hospital. Toy Story quickly became his favorite—specifically characters like Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody. “Levi fell in love with the Disney characters,” his mom said. “No matter how upset he was, he would sing the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song to every nurse that would come into his room. It made him feel better.” Levi is also a huge fan of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast and Maui from Moana. When Levi learned he could incorporate all of his favorite characters into one wish trip, he was ecstatic. His wish to go to Walt Disney World® was a no-brainer!
Levi experienced many firsts on his wish trip, including his first airplane ride and first time on a roller coaster! “He showed so much bravery,” said his mom. “He wanted to go on every roller coaster. He just had so much willingness to try so many new things and would get sad every time he was too short to get on a new ride!”
Levi’s favorite part of his wish was the parade at the park. All of his favorite characters would wave directly to him, which filled Levi with joy. Levi also loved riding the carousel at Give Kids the World® Village and would stay on it for multiple rounds.
“The wish was a magical experience,” reflected Levi’s mom. “It added light into his life and into our lives. It’s been a hard year dealing with everything. For us to not have to worry about medical bills or treatment, and just enjoy each other, [the wish] gave us light. We are so blessed for this magical experience. Levi’s joy that he experienced is priceless.”