This is the first time Make-A-Wish has sent someone to Cuba since the travel ban has been lifted.
Make-A-Wish has been granting terminally ill children their wish of a lifetime since 1980. One of the most recent wishes the organization granted was for 11-year-old Tyler Machado, who wanted one thing while battling his stage 2 non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: to visit his family in Cuba. This is the fist time the non-profit has facilitated a trip to Cuba since President Obama has lifted the travel ban to the Caribbean island, according to Local 10 ABC. The trip included a very emotional reunion of Machado with his great-grandparents who he had never met.
“The biggest thanks and a wish of happiness to whomever made this happen,” Machado’s great-grandfather told Local 10 ABC. “There is no way to pay them back in these final days.”
Machado’s great-grandfather told the news crew that he never thought he would be able to meet his great-grandson, let alone hug him. Machado’s mother, Genesis Ramos, said she was not surprised that he asked Make-A-Wish to send him and his family to Cuba. It was something that, according to Ramos, Machado always wanted.
People on the internet are being filled with joy by the will power of these two strong dancers who were both captured on camera. Check out the full videos below to see what makes them so much more than your average bailarín.
Despite not being able to walk, nor stand, this little boy did not let that stop him from performing with this group of folklorico dancers. His perseverance is inspiring millions of people.