Brookland Elementary grants wish to 3-year-old

Brookland Elementary grants wish
(Source: KAIT)
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BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - The Make-A-Wish Foundation is close to the hearts of many in Region 8, and one elementary school granted a wish Thursday morning.

The Brookland Elementary School raised $13,000 for Make-A-Wish and Thursday students got to witness where some of the money goes.

"We found out three days before he was one he had a brain tumor," mom Karen Burns said.

Burns said nothing prepares you for such a diagnosis.

"Everything changed, and we have been going back and forth ever since," Burns said.

She and her husband James Burns take their 3-year-old son Alex back and forth to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for treatment, but Thursday morning a change came they looked forward to.

"It's nice for a change to have something wonderful," Burns said.

A change of scenery coming in the form of a wish granted.

With a Peter Pan skit, a golden egg hunt and Mickey Mouse, Alex was granted his wish to go to Disney World in the Brookland Elementary gym.

Alex is, of course, no stranger to Mickey.

"We have it on recording," Burns said. "We have 76 episodes recorded."

Danna Johnson, Make-A-Wish volunteer and Brookland Elementary PTO president, said this is what raising the money is all about.

"It's pretty special when you can know that you were hands on in raising the money that's actually granting this kids wish," Johnson said.

Thanks to Brookland Elementary's hard work, the Burns family gets to relax.

"Our first time actually getting away being free for a little bit," Burns said.

An even better present Alex and his family get to take to Disney World is a clean bill of health.

"He has now cleared three MRI's, so he is 90 days free," Burns said.

Burns hopes Alex can remain cancer free to years to come.

Alex, his little brother, mom and dad leave for their trip on April 6.

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