RENSSELAER, N.Y. -- A local three-year-old will be heading to Walt Disney World with her family, thanks to a non-profit organization.
Drea Harmon was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at two weeks old, but on Tuesday, she was surprised with the news that she's going to Disney in February.
The trip was given to her family by Baking Memories 4 Kids. It’s a nonprofit that sells chocolate chip cookies so they can give children with illnesses the gift of a lifetime: a free trip to Disney. Frank Squeo, the founder of the organization, rode in a Rensselaer fire truck to deliver the surprise.
"What's really important is giving these children a week they're never going to forget. To me, that's the most important gift we can give them,” said Squeo. “Tonight, a little girl is going to go to sleep knowing that her biggest dream is coming true.”
He created the organization five years ago after his battle with cancer. After this year, 85 families will have been gifted the trip. The organization’s mission is personal for Squeo.
“This role was given to me before I was born. It’s my destiny to get the cancer, to sell these cookies, to send these angels on these trips,” said Squeo.
"I just can't wait to see her face when we finally get there after we get off the plane. That's what makes our day even better: just seeing her smile,” said Jesse Harmon, Drea’s dad.
The cookies are sold online until Christmas, and shipping is free. To buy them, visit www.bakingmemories4kids.com.