Foundation grants wish of local boy with heart condition

CLIFTON, Texas (KWTX) On Sunday- a day when Royal Pizza is usually closed, the doors are opening for a special reason.

Photo By: Chelsea Edwards

"Whenever she approached us, it was a no-brainer for us," says Royal Pizza co-owner and manager Sheldon "Skeeter" Ivie.

Curtis Wayne Rust who goes by "Cubbie" was born with a rare heart condition- double inlet left ventricle pulmonary stenosis.

He has one working chamber complicated further by holes in his heart and a twisted aorta.

At six months old, he had his first open heart surgery.

"Our family lives off of faith," says Cubbie's mom Heather Rust; all of her four sons have spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit.

But over the years, Cubbie grew along with his family.

His mother says he's been able to develop fairly normally.

“He's got a funny personality that makes everybody laugh. He definitely lights up the room every time he walks in it,” she says.

As a baby, Cubbie was unable to undergo all the procedures that he would need to have a healthy heart.

In September, doctors said it was time for him to get his second open heart surgery.

During that period, an anonymous supporter nominated Cubbie for the Make-A-Wish program.

"Walt Disney is the creator of Mickey, so I was like, maybe I should vote for Walt Disney if I have a Make-A-Wish", explains Cubbie who says he learned all about Disney from a book his teacher shared.

After a successful surgery and weeks of recovery, supporters are gathered
in the pizza restaurant on S. Avenue G in Clifton.

Cubbie's favorite food, pizza with sausage and olives, along with salads and other options are being provided by the restaurant owners.

“We're very much about giving back to communities- it's something that's big to us,” says Ivie.

It's a party planned specifically for a big announcement.

Two representatives from the North Texas Make-A-Wish Foundation present a cookie cake and a backpack filled with t-shirts to Cubbie.

"We're sending you to Disney!" they announce.

The entire family is headed off to Disneyworld at the end of April.

"I never expected this to happen. The wish that he's been granted- it's just a complete blessing," says Heather Rust.

"I know that if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be able to afford it. They would be grown kids before we could afford it!"

In Florida, they’ll celebrate the wish that came true after their prayers for her son's healing heart were answered.

"I'm thanking the pizza place- thank you for doing the party, and my community for all the prayers," says Cubbie.

His mom says he'll continue getting his regular check-ups to make sure he's in good health.

*Join "Team Cubbie" on Facebook or help the family with medical expenses by purchasing a "Team Cubbie" t-shirt by clicking the link provided.