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Dreams come true for second time for Deer Lake family

Walker Gabbard, a Grade 5 student at Elwood Elementary in Deer Lake, is going to Disney World with Dreams Take Flight.
Walker Gabbard, a Grade 5 student at Elwood Elementary in Deer Lake, is going to Disney World with Dreams Take Flight.

Walker Gabbard is a little shy when it comes to talking, but that doesn’t mean the 10-year-old Deer Lake boy isn’t excited about an upcoming trip he’s going to take.

Walker is going on a Dreams Take Flight trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and while there he hopes he get to meet his favourite character.

Who’s that? In a one-word answer full of enthusiasm he replies, “Mickey.”

Walker is in Grade 5 at Elwood Elementary and was selected for the trip after the school put his name on a list of potential recipients.

His mom, Lana Parsons, had no idea he was in the running.

“Oh my God, I was so surprised when they called me,” she said.

She was really shocked because this is the second time one of her children has been selected for the trip.

Walker’s older sister, 15-year-old Macy, also went when she was in Grade 5 and still has all her souvenirs and talks about the experience.

Lana found out about the trip, which is scheduled for the end of April, just before Walker’s birthday in November, but kept it a secret.

On his birthday Macy printed a picture from Disney World, wrote a note on the back telling Walker he would be going there and folded it. Before giving it to him she found a video of the park on YouTube and the family watched it. Then they gave him the note.

Walker said it was surprising, when asked what his reaction was to figuring it out.

“He was just stunned,” said Lana, “and then he cried because he was scared first.”

It will be his first time going very far away from his mom, so he’s a bit nervous, Lana said, but as the trip gets closer he’s getting excited and talking about it more.

His cousin from Corner Brook, Julian Tulk, is going at the same time and while the boys don’t know each other well, Lana said, at least Walker will have somebody, and it won't be all strangers.

Lana said she’s so happy for the opportunity because with working two jobs it’s a trip she would not be able to afford.

“I wish I could,” she said.

The only disappointment she feels is that her daughter, Desiree, 11, who was in Grade 5 last year, didn’t get the same opportunity.

Walker is going on a Dreams Take Flight trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and while there he hopes he get to meet his favourite character.

Who’s that? In a one-word answer full of enthusiasm he replies, “Mickey.”

Walker is in Grade 5 at Elwood Elementary and was selected for the trip after the school put his name on a list of potential recipients.

His mom, Lana Parsons, had no idea he was in the running.

“Oh my God, I was so surprised when they called me,” she said.

She was really shocked because this is the second time one of her children has been selected for the trip.

Walker’s older sister, 15-year-old Macy, also went when she was in Grade 5 and still has all her souvenirs and talks about the experience.

Lana found out about the trip, which is scheduled for the end of April, just before Walker’s birthday in November, but kept it a secret.

On his birthday Macy printed a picture from Disney World, wrote a note on the back telling Walker he would be going there and folded it. Before giving it to him she found a video of the park on YouTube and the family watched it. Then they gave him the note.

Walker said it was surprising, when asked what his reaction was to figuring it out.

“He was just stunned,” said Lana, “and then he cried because he was scared first.”

It will be his first time going very far away from his mom, so he’s a bit nervous, Lana said, but as the trip gets closer he’s getting excited and talking about it more.

His cousin from Corner Brook, Julian Tulk, is going at the same time and while the boys don’t know each other well, Lana said, at least Walker will have somebody, and it won't be all strangers.

Lana said she’s so happy for the opportunity because with working two jobs it’s a trip she would not be able to afford.

“I wish I could,” she said.

The only disappointment she feels is that her daughter, Desiree, 11, who was in Grade 5 last year, didn’t get the same opportunity.

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