Make-A-Wish Foundation refuse terminally ill 4-year-old boy from Staten Island, New York, because he’s not vaccinated.
“I can’t believe these things are actually happening in our country,” New York artist, Scott Lobaido, lashes out at Make-A-Wish Foundation after they refuse his friend’s 4-year-old sick and dying son.
Rocco, the terminally ill 4-year-old boy from Staten Island NY, made a wish to go to Mickey’s House and meet Mickey Mouse in Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with his family but the Make-A-Wish Foundation decided to refuse the child because he was not vaccinated.
A friend of the father, Scott Lobaido, was outraged when he heard the use and used TikTok to reach out to his 65K followers: “I got a text — a message — from a friend of mine here on Staten Island; his 4-year-old kid — his ill 4-year-old kid — was refused by the Make-A-Wish Foundation for his wish because he’s not vaccinated … at 4 years old!”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisation based in the United States that grants the wishes of — officially vaccinated — children between the ages of 2 and a half and 18 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Make-A-Wish was started in Phoenix and is based there.
“You should be ashamed of yourself! Let me tell you something Make-A-Wish Foundation, you’re going wish you never made this decision. Next week we’re going to do something for this kid,” Scott said in his video.
Social media influencer ChrisFix, who has over 1.8M followers on TikTok and 8.5 subscribers on YouTube, offered to help make the kids dream come true. In addition, Scott LoBaido organised a fundraiser for the terminally ill 4-year-old child at Joyce’s Tavern in Staten Island.
Despite social media outrage, Make-A-Wish Foundation doubled down on their stance citing that the sick and dying child would be a danger to others. However, Wigs & Wishes stepped up to the plate and promised to send the boy and his whole family first-class to Disney World in Orlando, FL.
Wigs & Wishes By Martino Cartier is a network of salon owners, stylists, and beauty industry professionals united by a common goal: to deliver free wigs to heroic women battling cancer, as well as to grant wishes to children battling paediatric cancer.
As of recently the Make-A-Wish Foundation updated their policy and lifted restrictions on wishes only for unvaccinated children that have received an end-of-life prognosis. According to the foundation’s ‘Vaccine Policy‘ the company will continue to restricts air travel and large gatherings for non vaccinated children who are not terminal.
The policy states: “Make-A-Wish’s recent decision regarding how to begin to lift some restrictions for wishes involving air travel and large gatherings was made to protect the health of children with critical illnesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic […] There are many other wish options for children who do not currently meet the requirements for air travel and events involving large gatherings.”
The policy also says that restrictions for air travel and large gathering are only lifted for children with an end-of-life prognosis and vaccinated children and family members. This means that Make-A-Wish Foundation did refuse the child’s only wish to go to Disney World as it involves an unvaccinated child participating in a large gathering.
Wigs & Wishes have stepped in and have given the boy and his family and first-class ticket to Orlando, FL, with an all expenses paid small holiday at the amusement park.