WOODWAY, Texas (KWTX) A 6-year-old Woodway girl who officially “rang the bell” just weeks ago to signify the end of her cancer treatment is spending spring break at the most magical place on earth.
Woodway Elementary School kindergartner McKenzie Covert and her family, including her 8-year-old brother Sawyer and her parents, are enjoying an all-expense paid trip to Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“After the journey we have gone through over the last 28 months, it was nice to have time together as a family to just have fun,” McKenzie’s mother, Tiffany Covert, said.
McKenzie was first diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September 2015.
Since then, the young girl has endured a series of treatments, hospital stays and trips to the doctor and has missed out on plenty of activities, including spring break.
But Make-A-Wish gave the Coverts the trip of a lifetime this week including airfare to Orlando, Fla., passes to Disney theme parks, fast passes to avoid long lines and six nights at Give Kids the World Village, an 84-acre nonprofit resort in Central Florida that’s cost-free for children with life-threatening illnesses.
The Coverts said more than 1500 volunteers at the village have helped make the trip stress free.
“The generosity of donors and volunteers who make trips like this possible warms my heart,” Tiffany said. “There are so many good people, including high school and college students in this world.”
McKenzie captured the hearts of Baylor fans when she ran out on the court Baylor’s Ferrell Center in mid-January, hand-in-hand with 6-foot-3 starting guard King McClure, as part of the team’s effort supporting Coaches vs. Cancer program, a nationwide collaboration of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, of which Bears coach Scott Drew is a part, to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.
The next morning, McKenzie started her final round of treatment for the cancer, but hours later was admitted to McLane Children’s Hospital with a form of meningitis.
The young girl recovered and on Feb. 13 rang the bell to celebrate the end of cancer treatment.
The Coverts say seeing their daughter now enjoy life just being a normal kid is something they’ll never forget.
“It was awesome to see McKenzie just being a normal 6-year-olde kid, running around with lots of energy.”
“We had a trip we will never forget.”