By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
If you were Aladdin and found a magic lamp, and the genie granted you three wishes, what would they be?
Dustin Holmes of Imperial looks forward to meeting Aladdin this week in Disneyland, because the trip to the magic kingdom is one of his three wishes.
The wish has become possible through the North-Platte based wish i may organization.
Wish i may fulfills the wishes of children between the ages of 6-15 developmentally who have physical or mental disabilities.
Dustin has Neurofibromatosis type 1, a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system.
According to the National Library of Medicine, Neurofibromatosis type 1 is characterized by changes in skin coloring and the growth of tumors along nerves in the skin, brain and other parts of the body.
The tumors aren’t necessarily cancerous, but they can become malignant over time.
These tumors, which usually develop in adolescence or adulthood, are called malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors.
People with Neurofibromatosis type 1 also have an increased risk of developing other cancers, including brain tumors and cancer of the blood-forming tissue (leukemia).
The effects of the condition can include severe pain, learning impairment, loss of vision and severe disability due to nerve compression by the tumors.
Executive Director Rachelle (State) Richter, a native of Imperial, knew Dustin’s stepmother Missy (Mandeville) Holmes while growing up. Corey Holmes is his father.
She asked Holmes if Dustin might be interested in making a wish.
Disneyland it was. Dustin’s grandmother, Kayla Holmes, said Richter visited with Dustin, and the plans were made.
Dustin, Missy, Kayla and Richter left Tuesday for California, and will return Friday.
The highlight of the trip, Dustin believes, will be seeing the “Cars” characters, such as Lightning McQueen, the rookie race car; Sally Carrera, his girlfriend, and most importantly, Tow Mater, the tow truck.
Dustin’s brother Mason brought back a Disneyland sweatshirt from a recent Future Business Leaders of America trip, showing many of the Disney characters.
So, also on the list to see are Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Pooh Bear, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet.
“I’ve watched them on TV,” Dustin noted, and now wants to meet them in person.
He also wants to ride the ride that “goes down the waterfall,” and so many more rides.
“I’m going to make a video for my friends at school,” said the 17-year old, who will be a senior at Chase County Schools this fall.
This won’t be Dustin’s first airplane ride. He, his brother and his mother flew to California when he was four months old.
He’s anticipating the snacks and soft drinks served on the plane, and might stash a few snacks away in case he gets hungry.
“I think we’re going to have a lot of fun,” Richter commented. “I’ve never been to Disneyland before.”
Richter contacts private foundations for funding for wish i may projects. She just received word of a $15,000 gift from Union Pacific Railroad.
Dustin’s trip is the second wish the organization has funded. Children who may qualify “have to be referred to the organization and not by family members,” Richter said.
More information concerning wish i may can be found at www.wishimaynp.com or by contacting Richter at (308) 660-6477.
Oh, what were Dustin’s other two wishes he’d ask the genie for? He’d like to see his favorite band in person, the Bar J Wranglers, based in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
And “I wish the Cars were real and could talk to you.”