LADYSMITH, Wis. (WEAU)- Thursday night, a 9-year-old boy's wish came true when the Make-A-Wish Foundation surprised him with a trip to Disneyworld.
But Blake Kinsley of Ladysmith, who has been battling a rare disease, had his own idea in mind, to surprise the foundation by raising and donating money for the next Make-A-Wish recipient.
“I told him we were coming to town to get ice cream,” said Blake’s father Russell Kinsley before the Make-A-Wish surprise party.
But ice cream was not the reason 9-year-old Blake was smiling Thursday night.
A few years ago, Blake was diagnosed with Langerhans, an extremely rare disease or cancer. His family says it’s so rare that the doctors haven’t been able to determine which one it is. But during a surprise party Thursday, the Make-A-Wish Foundation told Blake, an animal lover, that his wish to go to Disneyworld is coming true.
“To the Animal Kingdom because I like the animals,” Blake said, describing what his wish was.
But Blake had another idea in mind once he learned that he was going to be surprised by Make-A-Wish. He decided to give back to the foundation to help pay it forward.
This summer, Blake began raising money to give back to the foundation by selling lemonade, popcorn, and hosting a garage sale.
“He’s very appreciative, caring, he worries more about everybody else than himself,” his father said.
Blake’s mom added he has a heart of gold, which his family echoed, as he presented a check for $1,000 to be used for the next Make-A-Wish recipient.
“When they said they had a surprise for us, I was thinking a little card or something, but this is just amazing,” Make-A-Wish volunteer Joy Lancour said. “Just for Blake to do this, it’s just going to make the wish of another kid a little better.”
Blake, raising the money, following one of his most memorable sayings: “Treat others like you want to be treated,” Blake said.
And his family couldn't be prouder.
“It was amazing because it brought him a lot of happiness,” his sister Breanna said.
“Through the whole process of Blake’s situation I just want to say thank you to everybody,” his father, Russell added.
However, the biggest reason the family is excited for Blake, not just because they will be going to Disneyworld this Wednesday, it's because Blake is now in remission.