Disneyland wish coming true

Cobden's Grace Howard will visit Disneyland.

DONATIONS from Colac and district residents have helped grant a Cobden girl’s wish to go to Disneyland.

Doctors diagnosed Grace Howard, 10, with a brain tumour last year and she is continuing treatment.

Make a Wish Foundation granted Grace’s wish at its annual ball.

The Foundation’s Portland branch president Gail Jaensch said community donations had helped Grace’s wish come true.

“Our branch covers Portland to Winchelsea, including Colac, and the money raised from our big walk last year and the ball go straight to children in the south-west,” Ms Jaensch said.

She said the foundation raised enough money to fly Grace, her parents Dean and Vanessa Howard, and her three brothers to the United States to visit Disneyland.

“It was amazing when it was announced, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, and Grace was so excited she was shaking,” Ms Jaensch said.

“And it not only gives Grace the chance to go to Disneyland, but it also gives the whole family a chance to share some magic together, because so many people think that when people come home from hospital all the hard yards are over, but that’s not always the case,” she said.

“The best part of it all is the public donations we

received, because they’re the people who make it happen and it’s great for them to see exactly where this money is going,” she said.

The foundation had a fundraiser walk last year, with volunteers walking from Melbourne to Portland to raise money for children with life-threatening illnesses.

The volunteers walked through Colac and Winchelsea on their journey, and Ms Jaensch said they would walk again this year.

“We’re planning to do it all again in July and we’ll be staying in Colac, so hopefully people can come out and support us, it would be great to organise a group of locals who’d like to join us on a part of the walk,” she said.

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