GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County family is getting the trip of a lifetime, with every reason to celebrate.
Inside the Picard home, Disney movies are something even two-year-old Emma has memorized.
For mom Jennifer and dad Doug, they’re a vice that will keep all seven of their kids occupied on a weekend afternoon.
The movies the Picard kids love always end in a wish that comes true, and dreams are always made a reality.
Come Monday, these kids will have their own ‘Disney movie’ ending.
But to tell you the whole story, we need to back up a couple of years, where life in the Picard home had a different feel to it. “He was diagnosed in December, 2011 with Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, which is basically cancer in the lymph nodes,” mom Jennifer Picard says.
She’s talking about her nine-year-old son Tristan. “He did eight months of chemo therapy before he relapsed,” Jennifer says.
Beating that cancer was one wish the entire family hoped for.
But Tristan had one more.”His big wish was to go to Disney,” Jennifer says.
So a foundation devoted to granting the wishes of sick kids is making it happen. “Our social worker at children’s hospital contacted Make A Wish to give him his wish,” Jennifer says.
So with one wish granted, and enough luggage to fill a van, the Picard family will be leaving home on Monday to meet a mouse named Mickey. “There’s no way we could do it without Make A Wish,” Jennifer says.
You might think this is the end of the story. By itself, it would be an ending that makes you smile.
But Tristan and his family had one more wish.
Tristan’s family is all smiles the day before they take off for Florida, and it’s not just because they’re headed off to the land where dreams come true.
It’s because their last and final wish is well on its way to becoming a reality.
Tristan found out several weeks ago he’s been in remission for exactly one year.
Which makes this trip all the more reason to celebrate.