Little Max Wenman’s story is one that is well known throughout Co Longford and beyond.
Diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just two years of age Max, son of Cathy Bermingham and Roy Wenman, underwent more than a year of rigorous treatment to try fight the disease.
At the end of last year, the family’s happiness was contagious, as the good news spread that Little Max was given the all clear.
Now, just a few short months on, the young boy has been able to realise his dream of meeting Mickey Mouse, all thanks to the local ‘Kids Paradise Dream Come True’ initiative.
Started in 2013 by the owner of Kids Paradise Créche and Montessori School, Elizabeth Yorke, and her daughter Serena, the initiative enables families to experience the holiday of a lifetime.
Nominated for the trip last year, Max was too unwell to be chosen. This year, however, he is fighting fit, and was able to experience Florida and all it has to offer, including Disney World, with his loving family.
On June 10, Max, his parents and his siblings; Robyn, Chloe, Jamie, Killian and Millie, took off on their once-in-a-lifetime holiday, taking in all the sights, and visiting theme parks.
Speaking after the family had returned from the trip, Max’s mother Cathy stated that Elizabeth had thought of everything, saying “she made sure we didn’t have a worry in the world”.
“It was brilliant,” Cathy happily reported. “It was good for all of us to go together. We had a ball!”
Grateful for the experience, Cathy was keen to express her gratitude to all who helped. “Thank you to anyone who fundraised over the last year for our family,” she added.
Cathy explained that she could not praise Elizabeth enough. Indeed, though she didn’t travel with the family, the founder of the initiative had set out an itinerary for them, which meant that they got to see everything, but also had some much needed downtime. Cathy also added that when the family got to the house, it had been fully stocked with food and toiletries.
According to Cathy, Max had an incredible time, and even got to meet Mickey Mouse.
Though Cathy admitted to feeling sad when returning home, there is no doubt that the events that followed kept the family in high spirits.
Having celebrated his fourth birthday two days after coming home, Max later had a return visit to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, where his progress prompted the decision that he only needs check-ups every four months, compared to every three.