'Whos' come through for 3-year-old boy with terminal cancer
MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. - A little Maple Valley boy with terminal cancer is getting a free Hawaiian vacation with his family thanks to the generosity of a local group.
Maple Valley’s Valley Girls and Guys set up the trip so that Hunter Coffman, age 3 1/2, and his family could relax and make a few memories.
Hunter's cancer was in remission, but it came back in May and has been getting worse ever since. He has been given only one or two months to live.
Initially Valley Girls and Guys was raising money for his treatment - but now they will be paying for the Hawaiian trip for the family as part of what they call "Who Dreams."
"The idea is that you just reach out to your 'whos,' and it's all in the power of who you know, and everybody wants to help. ... It's really just collectively bringing all these people that know somebody that know somebody," says Tina McDonough of Valley Girls and Guys, who was a key organizer of the trip.
Hunter, his parents and older brother Chase were taken to Sea-Tac Airport by limo on Sunday morning, where they were met by Batman and some of Hunter's other favorite characters.
McDonough was also there to send them off.
The Coffman family is going to the Aulani Disney Resort because Hunter wants to meet Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, featured in a 2002 Disney film.
Delta Airlines hooked the family up with upgraded seats and a cockpit experience for Hunter and his brother. They were welcomed in Hawaii with signs and leis, and will spend a week there.
"We want them to have an amazing experience from start to finish," says McDonough.