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Boy Meets Mickey Mouse

By Staff | Oct 7, 2015

Photo by Miles Layton Three-year-old Remington Bassett, right, talks about his trip to Disney World, courtesy of Make-A-Wish, while sitting on his mother Cheryl Bassett’s lap as his aunt Victoria Rudder listens. The Sistersvile boy, who lost an eye to cancer, met Mickey Mouse when he visited the Florida theme park earlier this year.

Three-year-old Remington Bassett is no ordinary kid, but one who has met a world renowned mouse, served as a parade grand marshal and, most notably, survived cancer.

Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia granted his wish to meet Mickey Mouse in June at Walt Disney World in Florida. The non-profit organization grants wishes to children, aged between 2-years-old and 18-years-old, with life-threatening medical conditions.

“Disney was a lot of fun,” said Bassett as he played with a toy truck on the floor of his family’s home on Carter Street. “I’d do it again. My favorite part was meeting Mickey Mouse.”

Bassett’s mother, Cheryl, said the famous mouse and her son got along quite well. The boy had his picture taken with Mickey and got a chance to hug his idol.

“This was a dream come true – to meet Mickey Mouse,” she said. “Why Mickey Mouse – because all kids like Disney and love Mickey Mouse!

The kid’s story begins about two years ago when he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a type of cancer that attacked his right eye. While most little boys Bassett’s age are playing computer games, he bravely endured surgery to remove his right eye.

“Dealing with this was hard at first,” Cheryl Bassett said. “It’s still hard. After he had the surgery, he wouldn’t eat. He wouldn’t play with anything.”

Remington Bassett’s visit to Walt Disney World included time spent at Give Kids the World Village, a fairytale resort for kids like him that features a gingerbread house restaurant, an Ice Cream Palace and the Castle of Miracles. He visited multiple theme parks in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Seaworld and Universal Studios.

“I think Disney was a really good experience after what he went through,” Cheryl Bassett said.

As Bassett’s mother spoke about their trip, her son had a smile on his face and confident demeanor. Afterall, the boy has traveled by plane – a first – and met a famous cartoon character. A few weeks after the boy’s eye was removed in May 2014, this little trooper little served as a grand marshal for Tyler County’s Relay for Life.

“He’s a healthy, happy little boy now,” said Cheryl Bassett about her son, who has been cancer free for about two years.

Make-A-Wish’s Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia chapter is among the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 16,000 wishes. Last year, the group granted 75 wishes in northern West Virginia.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide these wishes to kids like Remington at a time when they truly need it,” said Leandra Hickman, regional manager of Make-A-Wish based in Morgantown.

Hickman asks that if anyone knows of a child that may qualify for a wish, please reach out to us.

“The most common misconception about Make-A-Wish is that we provide wishes only to kids who are terminal, but we also provide wishes to children who are living with life threatening medical conditions. Our hope is that by granting these wishes, we provide hope and more to these families who are struggling with uncertainty.”

For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at (800) 664-9474 or visit wv.wish.org.