Dreams do come true. They are happening for a 10-year-old Maryland boy.
Long before he could spell M-I-C-K-E-Y, Evan Melius loves Disney -- especially everything Mickey Mouse.
He wears a Mickey Mouse watch that lights up in different colors. He also spends a lot of time snuggling under his Mickey Mouse blanket. He is in the hospital roughly two months of every year.
“It's called cystic fibrosis and it's a lung disease,” he says. “It makes me cough a lot.”
Evan was diagnosed when he was a baby.
“He's my hero,” says his mother, Natalia Parillo. “He's the bravest little boy I've ever met.”
Recently, a hospital employee told Evan's mother about a non-profit called Bert's Big Adventure.
“She knew he loved Mickey Mouse and he talks about Disney all the time when he is there,” says Parillo.
In December, they came to Evan's apartment in Germantown.
They brought a Christmas tree and presents. Inside one of the packages was a key that unlocks a trip to Disney World.
“He was speechless pretty much,” says his mother. “He just stood there with his big grin on his face. His cheeks are probably sore today.”
On Wednesday, he said, “I'm going to Disney World!”
When we met Evan he was so thrilled, he was actually shaking.
Natalia is grateful to Bert's Big Adventure.
“Awesome. We wouldn't have been able to do it otherwise for him,” she says.
Evan's brothers helped carry the suitcases, including a box full of nutrients he needs to stay well on the trip.
They were picked up in a sleek SUV. Evan had just the right shades. He can't remember his last airplane ride, but he’s ready for his adventure.
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