BILOXI -- A caring mother's quest for her son's happiness and comfort is taking her family to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Whitney Bledsoe's 6-year-old son, Dayton Premeaux, has a genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis, a disease in which tumors grow in the vital organs. Dayton has the benign tumors in his heart and kidney. Tumors in his eyes are associated with his refractory epilepsy.
Dayton's love for Mickey Mouse inspired his mother to write his story to Make-A-Wish Mississippi.
The foundation, along with sponsor Cruisin' The Coast hosted a wish-reveal party at Baja Beach restaurant in Biloxi on Wednesday.
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"Dayton is a rare case," said Katie Ranson, Make-A-Wish volunteer. "A lot of times, we grant wishes for cancer patients. Dayton is special. He has a rare neurological disorder that I've never heard of or seen before. He is nonverbal, so watching him interact with his parents and siblings in a way that I had never seen before was pretty cool."
Dayton will have a chance to meet his idol, Mickey Mouse, this weekend during the family vacation.
"It's just amazing to us because we've never had anything like this for us," Bledsoe said. "So we are just super excited."
The family will be moving from their native Ocean Springs to Austin, Texas, in the summer. The decision comes after they received news on an alternative treatment for their son's epilepsy.
"Cannabidiol (medical marijuana) for children with severe epilepsy is available in Austin now," Bledsoe said. "Dayton is on the list to receive it, so we are very happy about it. We have tried 24 medications. He has had two brain surgeries and still has seizures daily. So, were on the lookout for a treatment that would comfort him."
Bledsoe said her son would experience many of the prescription medications' side effects. She said the all-natural approach, which she said has fewer side effects, convinced her it was the best option for Dayton.