Make-A-Wish grants Great Bend boy a trip of his lifetime


A boy who’s been battling a severe form of epilepsy is finally going to get the trip of his lifetime!

A sea of purple shirts and smiles filled the Eisenhower Elementary gym Thursday morning.

This wasn’t for a pep rally though.

Instead, it was a celebration for a remarkable student.

“This is our son, Owen,” mom Kiley Klug said.

Like any typical 5th grader, Owen loves to play with his siblings, go to school, watch cartoons, and he rocks some pretty cool glasses.

But he is also bound to a wheelchair.

Owen was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a severe and chronic form of epilepsy when he was younger.

“At his worse, he’s had about 250 seizures in an 18-hour-period,” Klug said. “We’ve had to modify our home, get a special bed, have wheelchairs, standards and all sorts of equipment.”

Klug said seizures happen 24/7.

“The day-to-day struggles with sleep and seizures and illness and immobility and not being able to speak with us can be hard,” she said. “But we try to remain positive.”

It’s these types of challenges Klug said can be hard on the family.

So, a few friends from Make-A-Wish Foundation decided to ease those struggles and come to Great Bend to surprise Owen with the help of Mickey Mouse.

“We are sending Owen and his family to Disney World!” one Make-A-Wish granter announced to the school.

“Oh, we’re pretty excited!” Klug said.

It’s a wish Owen has been dreaming for and now it’s finally coming true.

“We’re going to Disney World!” yelled the Klug family.

Klug said the family will be traveling at the end of February for one week.

They will meet other Wish kids during their trip, and they said you can find them hanging with the minions.

The Missouri and Kansas Make-A-Wish chapter said Owen’s wish is one over 85 wishes the local chapter hopes to grant in the state of Kansas this year.

Make-A-Wish has granted more than 300,000 wishes in the U.S and its territories since their inception in 1980.

A wish is granted every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the U.S. and its territories.

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