Posted: Nov 27, 2012 1:44 PM by Chet Layman
Updated: Nov 27, 2012 2:21 PM
MANHATTAN - Santa Claus made an early visit to Manhattan this year. It was a visit for one very special boy who is fighting a life-threatening disease.
Nine-year-old Tyson Reardon, who has been fighting T-cell lymphoma for more than a year, had a wish to just get away. On Tuesday, that wish was granted by Santa with the help of the Make-a-Wish program.
For the past five years, Macy's has raised money for the Make-a-Wish program to send Santa touring the country, granting some of those wishes.
Manhattan helped Tyson with school while he was receiving chemotherapy in Denver. His grandpa says the community support has been incredible.
"The support of Manhattan is just been great. We were overwhelmed with the people we got to meet and how nice everybody is and welcoming and you know prayers and everything from the people here were just great. Everybody tells you, ‘He's on my prayer list.' That's just great, great to hear," his grandfather said.
Now, Tyson will be travelling to Hawaii. He likes science, loves the outdoors, but wishing for Hawaii is much simpler than that. He says he's never been there before and thinks it will be fun.
Macy's bus will be in Twin Falls, Idaho on Thursday, then off to Sacramento next week. Fifty wishes will be granted this year before Dec. 14.