Wish granted!!

Bennett Martin, front right, his sister Alexis, front left, and their parents Jenni and Philip Martin will travel to Walt Disney World and Animal Kingdom after the start of the year through the courtesy of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Bennett suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and the family will stay at the kid-friendly Give the Kids the World resort. 

GREG LOWER

An ill Chanute second-grader will have his wish granted for a trip to Walt Disney World.

Friends and family told seven-year-old Bennett Martin Thursday morning at Chanute Elementary School that his wish was granted by the Kansas-Missouri Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Bennett, his parents Philip and Jenni Martin and younger sister Alexis will leave Jan. 6 and fly from Kansas City to Orlando, Fla., for a trip to Disney World and Animal Kingdom, his grandmother Corina Cox said.

She said his application at the Wichita office was approved about four months after it was submitted.

“It has been a very long six weeks not saying anything,” Cox said.

Bennett got the news as a surprise Friday morning during his school Christmas party, which included “Your  Wish Was Granted” cake and certicate, “Bennett’s wish to go to Disney has been approved.”

He was diagnosed in May 2016 with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Cox said his disease has progressed to the point he uses a wheelchair part-time.

His mother Jenni said she was excited for him. As his mobility declines, they will get a wheelchair for him at home.

During the trip, the family will stay at the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s “Give Kids the World” resort near Disney World.

Cox said she saw video of the resort, which is handicapped-accessible and made for kids. The foundation also provided spending money and arranged for them to interact with the Disney characters. Bennett will receive a “pirate makeover” and Alexis will have a “princess makeover.” They will return to Chanute Jan. 13.

Cox said this also is the first time for Bennett to fly on an airplane.

“That’s something off his bucket (list),” she said.

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