Tobias's trip to Disneyland was a dream come true

Wirral Globe: Tobias Haggerty overcame his fear of water to splash happily in the pools at the world-renowned pleasure park. Tobias Haggerty overcame his fear of water to splash happily in the pools at the world-renowned pleasure park.

A three-year-old Wirral boy who suffers from serious disabilities stemming from a cancerous brain tumour, has just returned home after a fun-filled week at Disneyland, Florida.

Tobias Haggerty from Wallasey, who suffers from malignant classic medulloblastroma, overcame his fear of water to splash happily in the pools at the world-renowned pleasure park and make friends with the colourful characters.

The trip was organised through "Destination Dreams" by Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.

Tobias’s mother Joanne said: “He was very happy. He loved giving ‘high fives’ to all the characters!

“He loved the ice-ream and he formed a special bond with the Disneyland staff. He is normally petrified of waster but once he had been persuaded to go into the pool he was perfectly happy.

"It was great to see.”

Tobias underwent a ten-hour operation last year after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. He was also given stem cell treatment and had to receive six weeks of radio-therapy.

In the following months, the harsh treatment affected his ability to walk and communicate with his family.

But further steroid treatment restored his speech faculty, though many disabilities remained.

Joanne said the Disneyland experience had brought a lot of joy into Tobias’s life and the family had made lots of British friends in America with families with youngsters in similar situations.

Tobias now has to face an MRI scan every three months.

Joanne said: “So far there is no evidence of the cancer coming back but we don’t know what the future holds.”

The charity is urgently appealing for donations to allow them to take more children on Destination Dreams respite holidays next year.

For further information visit www.caudwellchildren.com

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