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Williams family has wish come true

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, June 5th, 2014

After some initial trepidation, Phillip Williams warmed up to the characters of Walt Disney World, including Mickey Mouse. The Williams family, of Custer, recently returned from a trip to Florida courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 

As the parents of five children—two of which have disabilities—David and Tracey Williams know about hardship and know about expenses. What they knew little about, however, was vacationing.
That all changed early this year.
The parents, with their five children—Anthony, 18, Joseph, 16, Charity, 10, Daniel 7, and Phillip, 4—received an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World in April, paid for through the Make-A-Wish Foundation after Phillip’s neurologist, Dr. Heather Johnson of Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, submitted the family’s name as possible trip candidates.
Phillip, who has a disorder that causes him to have seizures that has stunted his development, has an appointment in Sioux Falls every six months for a checkup. When the Williamses took Phillip to his latest appointment early this year, Johnson told them she had submitted their name to Make-A-Wish. While they appreciated the gesture, they didn’t give it much thought.
“Everyone gets put in for Make-A-Wish,” David said.
However, a month later, the family received a letter saying they had an appointment with the Make-A-Wish office in Rapid City and the trip appeared to be more and more of a possibility. Not long after that, they received a letter saying the trip was a go—the Williamses were going to Disney World.
“We were stunned. It was flooring,” David said.â��“You just never think it would happen to you.”
Since the trip was centered around young Phillip, the family chose Disney World as the location of the trip. They were told they could pick, quite literally, any place in the world.

As the parents of five children—two of which have disabilities—David and Tracey Williams know about hardship and know about expenses. What they knew little about, however, was vacationing.

That all changed early this year.

The parents, with their five children—Anthony, 18, Joseph, 16, Charity, 10, Daniel 7, and Phillip, 4—received an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World in April, paid for through the Make-A-Wish Foundation after Phillip’s neurologist, Dr. Heather Johnson of Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, submitted the family’s name as possible trip candidates.

Phillip, who has a disorder that causes him to have seizures that has stunted his development, has an appointment in Sioux Falls every six months for a checkup. When the Williamses took Phillip to his latest appointment early this year, Johnson told them she had submitted their name to Make-A-Wish. While they appreciated the gesture, they didn’t give it much thought.

“Everyone gets put in for Make-A-Wish,” David said.

However, a month later, the family received a letter saying they had an appointment with the Make-A-Wish office in Rapid City and the trip appeared to be more and more of a possibility. Not long after that, they received a letter saying the trip was a go—the Williamses were going to Disney World.

“We were stunned. It was flooring,” David said.â��“You just never think it would happen to you.”

Since the trip was centered around young Phillip, the family chose Disney World as the location of the trip. They were told they could pick, quite literally, any place in the world.

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