William May’s 4 year-old daughter McKenna just spent the last two years of her first FOUR YEARS ONLY(!) on this planet undergoing treatments for leukemia. Treatments that screwed with her speech, her immune system, and forced her to spend more time than any child (or anyone) should spend in the hospital. But they were also treatments that eventually told cancer to walk it the fuck back.
“Tonight, the role of Bitch will be played by Lou Quemia”
Today, Miss McKenna’s cancer is in remission and girlfriend wants to go to Disney World. The Make-A-Wish Foundation said, “Let’s do this.” As did her mother, Whitney Hughes. Daddy William? Ennhh…not so much.
See, William and Whitney never married. In situations such as theirs, if both parents are each granted visitation rights, Make-A-Wish requires signatures from each parent before they grant the Wish. Whitney signed…because she’s human. William, who, according to McKenna’s grandmother, was just recently granted visitation rights, didn’t. As in: DID NOT SIGN OFF ON SENDING HIS CANCER SURVIVING FOUR YEAR-OLD TO DISNEY WORLD.
My sentiments exactly, Jackie.
His reasoning? Her cancer is in remission and trips like these should be granted to kids who are, um, I guess, sicker (?) than his kid. Even though his kid just spent the last two years (of her FOUR YEARS ONLY on this planet) sicker than most of us will EVER be in our lifetimes. His words from yesterday’s story on msnbc.com:
“Spend the money on a child who this might be their last memory…kids who are only going to live a year or six months.”
Two things here, folks:
- Ok, yes, charity needs to be taught to everyone everywhere no matter their age. But, dude. William. Time and place, bro. This is not like if your daughter had a bed load of stuffed animals and was just gifted another one, so you tell her she should donate it to the neighborhood toy drive instead. Your four-year-old just survived two years of grueling chemotherapy. At the very least, she’s earned a trip to a place where she can hug a princess and indulge in overpriced everything.
- I’m cynical enough to believe that, because William was just awarded visitation four years after McKenna was born, that some ugly stuff went down between then and now and that this is some sort of disgusting power play/mind screw that he’s pulling for revenge – all under the guise of a morality lesson. It’s either that or he’s truly a father out of a Pat Conroy novel because HOLY SHIT how do you not sign off on this trip?!
There’s a happy ending on the way in all of this. Because the majority of people in this world are good (despite what just we may be tempted to believe after what went on in a Colorado movie theater this morning), McKenna will get to go to Disney World after all—just not through Make-A-Wish. Word got around her town that her dad wouldn’t allow the trip, so people from her community and neighboring cities have sent her family enough money that McKenna, her mom, and her grandmother may go on their own. William’s signature not required.