A terminally ill six-year-old donates his wish

Over the moon: Emma took a printout of Levi with her to Florida.
Over the moon: Emma took a printout of Levi with her to Florida.  Photo: Make-A-Wish

A terminally ill six-year-old has done something extra special with his wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation after he was too sick to travel.

Levi Mayhew, Indiana, donated his wish to his friend and biggest fan, Emma Broyer, 10, for her kindness. 

The Reporter-Times said, "Emma wrote letters of encouragement, and asked her friends to do the same."

A year ago Levi was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder on the Zellweger spectrum.

Unable to walk, talk and sit up, Levi has been given two years to live.

Attending the same school, Levi's mum Rebecca Drake told WTHR that Emma always managed to make her son smile. 

When Levi was granted his wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation the family, instead, asked that the trip to Florida be transferred to Emma and her family.

Levi's family threw Emma a surprise dinner to share the good news. 

"The party was completely a surprise to Emma," said Rebecca "When she came into the restaurant, she saw all of her friends and family and was seemingly confused until she saw Levi."


Rebecca added: "She quickly came to his side, held his hand and said 'Hi Levi! It's me, Emma!' Levi was overwhelmed and crying prior to her arrival, but he calmed down as soon as he heard her voice. (We aren't sure if Levi can see any more so it was amazing to see his immediate calmness when he heard her voice.) After dinner, we told Emma that we had a shirt for her. When she opened it, the words on the shirt were 'Levi wished for ME to go to Disney!!!' Levi had a coordinating shirt that said 'I wished for Emma to go to Disney!!'"

Though Levi couldn't go, Emma and her family took a printout of Levi with them to Florida. 

The family photographed the cut-out of Levi throughout the holiday and made a scrapbook for him to enjoy.

Rebecca said, "It felt so good to give back to this little girl. Emma had given so much to us without even realizing it.

"It's a very warm feeling to know that another child loves and cares so much for your child, especially while facing the challenges stacked against us."