Couple to give kids with cancer a free trip to Disney World
Couple takes kids with cancer to Disney World
5:38 AM, Oct 8, 2013
7:37 AM, Oct 8, 2013
TAMPA - If you had a lump sum of extra cash, what would you do with it?
Maybe buy something for yourself? Buy some new toys for the kids?
Or maybe help someone else?
That's exactly what a local couple decided to do for dozens of Tampa Bay area children with cancer.
Through donations from local companies and their own resources, Dan and Nicole Long are taking those children and their parents to Disney World for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas, all expenses paid.
The two own a fitness training business in Tampa called Killmode Training Company.
"Its magical," says Nicole Long. "There's snow, free hot cocoa for everyone around every corner. Free cookies! So that couldn't be a better place to bring children for just a few hours just to be a kid."
The Longs took 10 kids on the trip back in 2011 and they are hoping to recreate the magic once again.
Joshua Fisher, 5, is one of the children they are taking this year. His father told us it is an opportunity of a lifetime.
"His immune system is compromised," says Patrick Fisher. "He doesn't get exposed to as many kids as a normal kid would. To go with kids like him, this is exciting."
It will be a chance for Joshua to escape his weekly doctor's visits and chemo treatments.
"He can just be a kid," says Fisher.
The Longs have enough money to take 20 kids from the Children's Cancer Center in Tampa this year, but they want to do more.
To make that happen, though, they need the help of the community. Even if its just change, change makes dollars and dollars make change.