Six-year-old Joseph’s favorite way to spend his day is to re-create make-believe battle scenes and pretend that he is his own Marvel® superhero. Jumping from couch to couch in his family’s living room, he pretends to fly like Spiderman™ and runs circles as fast as Wolverine™. After being diagnosed with leukemia, Joseph’s parents lived in a constant state of anxiety about their playful, young boy. A light of hope came into their lives when Joseph found out that he was eligible for a wish. When it came time to think about what he wanted his wish to be, Joseph knew that he wanted an action-packed adventure with all of his favorite superheroes.
Joseph and his family headed to Walt Disney World Resort®.
Dressed in his Mickey Mouse shirt, Joseph was ready to take on his first day at Disney World. Skipping through the park, he had one mission in mind--get to Marvel Superhero Island. There he would find all of his most beloved superhero friends who had always reminded him to be strong in his own battle. Once he had made it, Joseph jumped from ride to ride and scooted right to the front of the lines—he wasted no time. Joseph’s favorite part of the trip was The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®. Once fastened in, Joseph and his favorite Marvel characters soared 400 feet above the streets, swung from skyscraper to skyscraper and helped rid the streets of bad guys. The 3-D graphics helped Joseph feel like he was a part of his own superhero squad as he fought alongside of his friends during the life-like ride. “His wish trip was the best time he has ever had in his life,” Mariela, Joseph’s mother, shared. “It was a once in a lifetime experience.” Between riding all the rollercoasters that he could and meeting his favorite superheroes, Joseph was never caught without a huge grin on his face.
Since the wish trip, Joseph has yet to let a week pass without asking his mom when they were going back to Disney World. Joseph’s wish experience left him with newfound superhero favorites, memories of a life-time, and of course, plenty of souvenirs.