Families' Dreams Come True With Help From Newcastle HS Students, Make-A-Wish

Friday, March 8th 2013, 10:25 pm
By: News 9

Newcastle High school students teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make the dreams of two deserving families, who have young children fighting an illness, come true.

Kindergartener Trey Freeman has been battling an immune deficiency syndrome that's already required him to have two bone marrow transplants. His family received an $8,000 check for an opportunity to take their mind off his sickness, at least for a moment, and spend some time at Disney World.

"We are just praying for God to do great things in Trey's life," said Trey's father, Jeremy Freeman. "And this community has really rallied around him already, so we had an idea, but we had no idea that extent at what they were doing, so it's been incredible."

Freeman says Trey is still in isolation at home until his immune system improves. He had his second bone marrow transplant in late December 2012. Trey and his sister Brittany were a perfect match.

Both of Jeremy's sons suffer from the immune deficiency syndrome.

"So we have three boys. One of ours is healthy and the other two were both infected," said Freeman.

Jeremy says he turned out to be only a half match for his older son. Now, they're hoping with little Trey's new bone marrow, he will be well enough to go to Disney World sometime this year.

"He's been through so much, and not only to being a baby to where he is now, but the fact that he has gone through chemo and all that kind of stuff, just to have hope," said Freeman.

He says he tells his son to hang in there because things are going to get better.

The second family received a $3,000 shopping spree, but the little boy was too sick to attend Friday's presentation.

Students raised the money as part of their first ever "Take The Lead Week". They had a number of fundraisers including a daddy-daughter dance, dodge ball and bowling matches.