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Eight-year-old gets wish granted, going to meet favorite characterSubmitted: 10/18/2016
Story By Katie Thoresen

Eight-year-old gets wish granted, going to meet favorite character
EAGLE RIVER - Thomas Brunstad can't say much, but his smile speaks volumes.

And if you ever want to see that smile, all you have to do is mention his favorite character.

"Mickey Mouse is part of our house, all the time," said Thomas' mother Jill Brunstad.

The eight-year-old has cerebral palsy and epilepsy which prevents him from speaking.


"When he's watching Mickey Mouse at the end they say by 'bye' so that was his first word was actually saying 'bye'," said Jill. "For a non-verbal kid to kind of connect to a character, Mickey Mouse has been his love since he was teeny tiny."

Now, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Thomas gets to meet Mickey in person.

Thomas and his twin brother Daniel found out they were going to Disney World in class at Northland Pines Elementary School on Tuesday.

"This is the second one we've done at school and it is absolutely wonderful fun and the noise level of course makes it all happier," said Make-A-Wish Wisconsin wish granter Michele Bergstrom. 

Thomas' teacher can't think of a more deserving student.

"He's very positive. He is hysterical. He makes us laugh and smile all the time," said Special Education Teacher Heather Schmudlach. "Whenever you get to see one of your students get their dream come true and you know the struggles that they've gone through in order to get this, it's absolutely exciting."

Thomas not only gets to meet his favorite character, but he gets to go on his first true vacation.

"We've never gone on a vacation that doesn't involve him having a procedure done, so in eight years this is the first time we're doing something with nothing medical which is amazing," said Jill.

And that's more than enough to keep Thomas smiling.


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