A delighted family has paid tribute to a children’s charity which has given it a treat to treasure.
Young Milo Carter, who has battled heart problems and cancer, is set to enjoy a memorable family holiday in Florida, thanks to the When You Wish Upon A Star foundation.
Milo, who turns six next week, was in the middle of a seemingly ordinary day at Auchtertool Primary School when his mum Sarah turned up – along with charity patrons Nicola Wood – ex-Miss Scotland – and her businessman husband Garreth – son of oil industry tycoon Sir Ian Wood – who confirmed Milo would be jetting off to the USA with his mum, dad Kevin (36) and three-year-old brother Noah.
The charity makes wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions.
Sarah (37) said Garreth and Nicola and their colleagues deserved far more recognition and praise for their sheer kindness, as well as their work to help families who have been throught torrid ordeals.
Sarah said they were apprehensive about the holiday at first – going from being unable to travel anywhere because of Milo’s treatment to jetting off to the Sunshine State was “overwhelming and a bit scary”.
It’s such a treat for both boys, because they have both been through so much.Sarah Carter
But she knows the delight on her sons’ faces when they visit Walt Disney World and Legoland will be truly unforgettable.
“It’s been just an unbelievable experience and it’s such a treat for both boys, because they have both been through so much – Noah’s brother basically disappeared for two years,” she said. “We would never have been able to give them anything like this.”
Milo was born with heart difficulties which were repaired when he was five days old. But later, in an unrelated twist of fate, he was diagnosed with Wilms tumour, a kidney cancer which also affected his lungs and liver. One kidney was removed and the other is working below full capacity, but today, Milo is cancer free.
Sarah said: “I’d rather none of this had happened but, because it has, it’s amazing that a charity like this exists.”
Despite all his difficulties – and such merciless bad luck – Milo has “just bounced back from it all”, said his mum.
“There will be lots of long-term side effects – but we have him, and I don’t really care about anything else.”