Make A Wish Foundation Gives 8-Year-Old Trip of a Lifetime

7 years 1 week 4 days ago Wednesday, March 14 2012 Mar 14, 2012 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:07:00 PM CDT March 14, 2012 in News
By: Meredith Baldwin

BOONVILLE - The Make a Wish Foundation granted one Boonville boy his biggest wish for his 8th birthday. Isiah Forbes, who has epilepsy and a mass beneath his brain, asked to go to Walt Disney World. The Forbes family just got home from their trip. And now, they're already packing bags for their next trip.

Tuesday, Isiah will go back to his doctor in St. Louis. There, doctors will decide if Isiah needs surgery to remove the brain mass they found less than a year ago. Because the mass is located directly underneath Isiah's brain, his doctors say its tough to reach. Instead of operating and removing the mass through a tricky surgery, doctors have told Isiah's parents to regularly check the location and size of the tumor through MRIs.

Last December, Isiah and his family headed to St. Louis for a sedated MRI. The mass behind his brain hadn't increased in size, which meant Isiah didn't need to have that surgery yet. Eventually, he will have to have that mass removed. And with another surgery looming sometime in the near future, Isiah's parents worry the price tag is just too much for them to afford. To help pay this bill, Isiah's parents are asking for help from the community.

"It's just too much. We paid out of pocket last time - the hotel, the gas to and from, the medical costs themselves - it all just adds up," said Ryan Divine-Forbes, Isiah's mother. To help Isiah's family pay for his medical bills, you can donate here.

 

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