Special Disney Wish Granted to Area Child

Seven-year-old Cooper Aberegg thought he was attending a cookie decorating party at a nearby bakery, but he walked into a wish-come-true trip to Walt Disney World.

The surprise was organized by the A Special Wish Foundation, with the reveal held at Tina’ Sweet Celebrations in Martins Ferry on Saturday afternoon.

Cooper lives with Hemophilia B, a bleeding disorder, but his parents Ryan and Mandy said his interest is piqued by all things Disney, just like any kid his age.

“It’s nice there’s an organization that helps families and gives them a little bit of joy,” Mandy said.

Alicia Freeman of the A Special Wish Foundation said Cooper was referred to her organization by another wish-receiving family. She met the Abereggs in November and soon learned of Cooper’s wish to travel south and hang out with the famed Disney characters.

She said her organization partnered with Give Kids the World to arrange the trip.

The foundation has eight families on its roster, all of whom Freeman remains in consistent contact. She said she quickly forms bonds with the people to whom she brings joy. These connections continue on past the wish granting process, she added.

“They will always be part of our family,” Freeman said.

After she presented Cooper with an envelope containing a short note to unveil his wish, there was a short applause, and someone in the room asked him if he was excited to go.

“Yeah,” Cooper said.

He kept it brief, but his parade around the room offering high fives clearly showed he was ready to go.