Wyatt Haas of Fallon, Montana, was celebrated with cake, royal party favors and even magical "unicorn" ride.
by- Posted on May 12, 2020
A 5-year-old boy, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, got a magical sendoff before heading to Tennessee for treatment thanks to his kindergarten classmates who surprised him with a real-life “unicorn.”
Wyatt Haas of Fallon, Montana, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer, in November. The following month, his community and classmates came together to throw him a party the day before he and his mom headed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to undergo treatment.
"We're really a small community," Jennifer Nielsen, whose son is in Wyatt’s class, told Good Morning America. "It was a really beautiful thing to rally around Wyatt and his family…let them know we're praying...we love Wyatt and wanted to show our support."
After hearing how much the young boy loved unicorns, Nielson helped organize a surprise unicorn ride by transforming one of her horses into a unicorn, using washable animal chalk to add color and paper towel rolls as unicorn horns.
“I don’t think he expected to see a unicorn at the park,” Wyatt’s dad, Zach Haas, told GMA. “I think he just expected to see friends. He was super excited.”
Nielson, who spoke to Majically about the impact the party had on everyone who attended, said “I truly believe the most magical part of the day was what transpired within the hearts of those watching Wyatt. Being part of such a special and touching event will be forever etched in the minds of those who were there.”
Wyatt and his mom left to Memphis on December 6 where he’s been receiving radiation and chemotherapy. On a post to a Facebook page documenting Wyatt’s journey, his mom revealed they traveled back home for a couple weeks where he was able to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with his two siblings before returning to Memphis in March to continue treatment.
“We are confident things will go good,” she added. “Keep him in your thoughts and prayers, and we will let everyone know how things went!”
A GoFundMe account set up to help the Wyatt family with medical expenses has already raised more than $18,000.