SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Markman family got to experience the 'Give Kids the World Village' at Walt Disney World thanks to Make-A-Wish South Dakota. Jett Markman may be Mickey Mouse's biggest fan.
"He's just been in love with Mickey Mouse since he was little," said Tasha Markman, Jett's mom.
So it was only fitting that he chose to go to Disney World when he found out Make-A-Wish was going to grant him a wish. Jett, his mom, his dad and his 16-year-old sister spent a week in the "Give Kids the World Village." They all said they got the royal treatment.
"It was like no worry trip. We just got to go and not think about anything," said Tasha.
Because for the past year and a half, the family has been on a rollercoaster of emotions.
"He was showing signs of being really tired and achy and having a hard time walking," she said.
Jett was diagnosed with leukemia when he was almost four years old.
"He had to celebrate his 4th birthday in the hospital," said Tasha. "Which that was hard for a parent to have to do."
For the first nine months of his treatment, three of those months were spent in the hospital. That's when some of the nurses suggested the Markman family contact Make-A-Wish.
"We'll never be able to give back enough for what they gave us," said Ben Markman, Jett's dad. This trip gave them their own memories of Jett outside of the hospital.
"When Jett met Pocahontas, they just bonded," said Ben.
"It was really amazing. He was always happy and he always wanted to meet new people," explained his sister, Hannah Markman.
"The happiness on their faces and their smiles was like something you could never get back," said Tasha.
It was an unforgettable trip for a family that has been through the unimaginable. Since Jett has down syndrome, doctors can only do two years of treatment. He is in remission but still going through that treatment. People can donate their flight miles on Thursday to help fulfill wishes for kids like Jett. All you have to do is call 1-800-640-9198.