Wishful Wednesday: Hoosier boy with high-risk asthma goes to Disney World

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Make-A-Wish organization grants special experiences for Hoosier children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Every month, CBS4 shares a story about a Hoosier family impacted by Make-A-Wish.

One little boy’s wish to breathe more easily involves meeting Mickey Mouse!

“As long as I’m with my family, I am ok,” says Keith Castile.

9-year-old Keith Castile suffers from high-risk asthma. Castile was diagnosed at just 15 months old.  Castile’s airways become inflamed and it makes it hard for him to breathe.

“I feel upset because I can’t do other stuff that kids can do,” explains Make-A-Wish kid Keith Castile.

Adds his mother Regina Payton, “Keith will never grow out of it. He will just have less episodes. That is something we are looking forward to!”

Dining on spaghetti surrounded by his family at Maggiano’s in Indianapolis, Keith Castile celebrates his upcoming trip to Disney World thanks to the Make-A-Wish organization.

“I knew it was going to come true! Something in my mind told me. It got to me!” says Castile.

The Make-A-Wish organization is granting Keith’s wish to meet Mickey Mouse and see all the CARS attractions and the Tomorrowland Speedway at Disney World.

“I love cars,” says Castile.

It will also be the first time Keith and his family will fly.

“I’m truly blessed and thankful that Make-A-Wish has chosen my child to bless him,” says his mother Regina Payton.

Nicole Biberstine is a member of Make-A-Wish’s Young Professionals Advisory Council. The group helps family’s coordinate the wishes from the organization.

“There is really no other organization where you can have a hands on experience with the wish children and their families. Maybe we can’t make their illness better or go away but we can give them a smile and help their families forget what they are going through for just a little while,” explains Biberstine as to why she volunteers with Make-A-Wish.

Castile is thankful for everyone at Make-A-Wish.

“Thank you for doing it for me. And I love Make A Wish!,” says Castile.

Keith and other Make-A-Wish kids will be involved in the annual Walk For Wishes on Saturday, June 25 downtown Indianapolis hosted by Make-A-Wish.

The walk begins at 9AM and sign-up is free.  Click here to join the CBS4 Walk 4 Wishes team.

Click here to learn more about Make-A-Wish.

Watch CBS4 on the second Wednesday each month for Nicole Pence’s special Wishful Wednesday stories.

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