Terminally Ill L.I. Boy Gets Special Holiday Gift
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An 18-month-old Long Island boy with a deadly illness is going on a very special trip this holiday season.
Little John “Buddy” Abrams has terminal brain cancer and cannot get on a plane because of the cabin pressure, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
Robert Jesberger, owner of Mid Island Collision in Rockville Centre, donated a luxury van that has been converted into an RV and is sending Buddy and his family on an all-expense paid trip to Disney World.
“You push a button and the beds all flop out, it’s got a full blown kitchen, bathrooms, captain chairs,” Jesberger said.
The boy’s mother, Wendy Abrams, said she’s overwhelmed by Jesberger’s generosity.
“He’s a saint, I say he’s my genie in a bottle,” she told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria. “It’s an incredible opportunity to have your children share an experience like this and to be given it by somebody that never met us before is overwhelming. There are really, really good people out there and Bobby is one of them.”
“This is a celebration of Buddy’s life and I’m so honored to do this for you,” Jesberger told Buddy’s mother.
The family left for Disney World on Friday afternoon and Abrams said they know exactly what they’ll do when they get there.
“We have to do what Buddy can do so we have an appointment to go on ‘It’s a Small World,’ so we’re excited about that,” she said.
Buddy has a tumor on his brain stem and limits the boy’s mobility and interferes with his ability to thrive.
Doctors said the tumor is life-threatening, but they’re hoping to extend his life with treatment.
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