A dream come true for brave James, 10, from St Germans

James Lanham (right) with his brother and sister in Florida thanks to Rays of Sunshine ANL-160715-101515001
James Lanham (right) with his brother and sister in Florida thanks to Rays of Sunshine ANL-160715-101515001

A seriously ill boy from St Germans has had his wish granted to go on holiday to Disney World Florida with his family.

James Lanham, 10, is living with a brain tumour, which he was diagnosed with in October last year.

10-year-old James Lanham swimming with dolphins in Florida thanks to Rays of Sunshine. ANL-160715-101503001

10-year-old James Lanham swimming with dolphins in Florida thanks to Rays of Sunshine. ANL-160715-101503001

As a result of this, James has had to undergo surgery and may require chemotherapy or radiotherapy in the future.

But charity Rays of Sunshine, which aims to “brighten the lives” of children aged between 3 and 18 who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses by granting wishes, organised the trip of a lifetime for James and his family.

For a week at the end of June, James, along with his mum Deborah, dad Karl, brother Ben, sister Olivia, grandmother and grandfather, explored the different theme parks in Florida.

As well as enjoying Disney World and Universal Studios, he also got to swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove.

10-year-old James Lanham, front right, with his family at Disney World Florida thanks to Rays of Sunshine. ANL-160715-101527001

10-year-old James Lanham, front right, with his family at Disney World Florida thanks to Rays of Sunshine. ANL-160715-101527001

After they returned from their trip, James’ dad, Karl, said: “We had a holiday of a lifetime at Give Kids The World in Florida. To say James loved his time there would be a massive understatement.”

Give Kids The World Village is a resort in Florida which is specifically for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Karl added: “We’ve had some tears since we’ve been home, which just shows how much he enjoyed himself. We cannot thank everyone at Rays of Sunshine enough for all [they’ve] done for us.

“Whilst we have been through a very difficult time as a family, we now all have treasured memories that will last a lifetime. What [they] do is amazing, my wife and I will forever be grateful to [them] all.”

A spokeswoman for Rays of Sunshine said: “The trip gave the family the opportunity to spend some quality time together and create some unforgettable memories.

“Despite what he has been through, James has remained brave throughout and never complains, even after surgery! He has a great sense of humour and constantly makes his doctors laugh.”

Rays of Sunshine grants individual wishes, hospital ward wishes and hosts outings and events for large groups of seriously ill children.

Last year, the charity aimed to grant 900 wishes.