2 Austin-area kids will fly from ABIA to Disney World through Make-A-Wish

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s no coincidence Eko and Samara are on the same Make-A-Wish flight to Disney World Friday morning — at least that’s what Sam’s dad Ryan Watson said.

This isn’t the first time each family has met.

The Watson family, of Round Rock, whose daughter is Samara saw Naomi and Steve Young, of Pflugerville, with their son Eko at a cancer clinic while each child was getting a spinal tap. They were in rooms next to each other.

“I got to know this lovely family and their kiddos, and we just kind of talked and shared some stories…I told them about things we were going through and if they ever needed anything to please reach out,” Watson said. “I think that’s what makes this trip so much more special…[chokes up]… is meeting these guys in the beginning.”

Then they found out their families were going to Disney together.

“We just happened to be going on the same Make-A-Wish trip at the same time. It couldn’t be any more special,” Watson said.

Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas and American Airlines held a send-off party for the kids and their families at their gate.

An balloon arch with characters from Star Wars and Cars greeted the families.

Eko and Sam are two of 21 Make-A-Wish children around the country departing for the Florida resort. Another group of six international children will join them for a welcome party in Orlando. That’ll be followed by a special celebration on Oct. 12 at Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida, where they’ll stay for a week.

Kathrin Brewer, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas, said in the press release: “A wish helps children become stronger, more energetic, and more able to battle their critical illness.”

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