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Help Fill a Dream sending Cumberland family to Disney World

CUMBERLAND, B.C- A young Comox Valley resident is taking his family to Disney World.

Abel Gawryluk-Livingston, along with his parents Johanna Gawryluk and Dan Livingston, will be headed down to the famous amusement park in May, after Vancouver Island based charity Help Fill a Dream granted Abel’s wish.

Six-year-old Abel has suffered from medical issues since birth, and has been fitted with a tracheostomy tube to aid with his breathing. According to Johanna, nurses regularly monitor him, and one of the nursing staff suggested the family apply to Help Fill a Dream.

They found out their application had been successful this September. Johanna said that Dan had called her with the news while she was visiting her mother.

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“I started screaming, and I was super excited, and told Abel right away,” said Johanna.

“He was running around, happy and crazy. I was just over the moon about it. I can’t even explain how thankful I am that they gave it to us.”

The family will have a firm date for the trip once their passports arrive, and they will be holding a fundraiser for the trip on April 28.

In the meantime, Johanna indicated Abel is excited to go on the trip.

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“Abel can’t stop talking about it, he’s so excited,” said Johnna.

“I know a few of the families that have got the dream as well, and they said the trip was amazing. We just can’t wait to go.”

Help Fill a Dream has been running since 1986.


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