A local boy who has struggled with health issues will have his wish come true in February when he meets Mickey Mouse at Disney World.
On Friday, Kids Wish Network surprised 3-year-old Max Bisher of Springfield with the plans for his Disney vacation.
Max was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s Disease shortly after he was born. The life-threatening illness causes problems with the colon because of missing nerve cells, according to Kids Wish Network.
“He’s undergone countless procedures and surgeries to take parts of his colon out and reattach it so that his colon would work properly,” Katie Bisher, Max’s mother, said. “His last surgery was a year ago and, since then, he’s done really, really well.”
Now that Max is feeling better, the family wanted to do something special.
“I contacted (Kids Wish Network) online and they called me back and said Max qualified for a wish,” Bisher said. “They interviewed his doctors and Max, and it just came about.”
Two men dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles showed up at Rudy’s Smokehouse in Springfield on Friday, where the family was gathered, to tell Max about his trip.
“Just to see his face light up and just the joy on his face makes it worth it,” Bisher said.
Max says his wish is coming true “because I was brave.”
The family has turned the experience of struggling with his disease into a positive.
“It’s going to shape who he is in the future,” she said. “This is a reward for just the years of hardship that he’s gone through.”
Despite his many doctors visits and procedures, Max has remained a happy child, family said.
“There were times where he was really in pain or sad,” Bisher said. “But in the midst of it, he always was joyful. It’s just who Max is.”
Max will take medication for Hirschsprung’s for the rest of his life, but he will be able to function normally, family said.
The Bishers have two other children who will join them on the trip to Disney World next year.