Kettering brewery raises funds to cover full cost of ill child’s special wish

Kettering craft brewery Eudora Brewing Company delivered a check Wednesday to A Special Wish Foundation Dayton Chapter to pay for a 9-year-old Kettering boy's dream vacation with his family to Disney World.

Eudora brewed up a new beer late last year, a Christmas ale, which blended spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and orange peel with an amber ale, and earmarked all profits from its sale to A Special Wish Foundation’s local chapter, which grants wishes of children fighting life-threatening disorders in a six-county region in and around Dayton.

“It came out even better than we expected,” Chabut said. Customers thought so, too:  the beer sold out on Christmas Eve.

Sale of the Christmas ale generated just under $6,440, which will cover the cost of the trip for the 9-year-old Kettering boy and his family, according to Dave Seyer, executive director of A Special Wish Foundation Dayton Chapter.

The boy is battling cancer, and he expressed the desire to meet Mickey Mouse and visit Disney World, Seyer said. The trip will also include a visit to Universal Studios, also in the Orlando area.

Special Wish trips, Seyer said, give ill children and their families a chance to step away from the grueling schedule of doctor visits, lab work and treatment regimens that accompany a life-threatening diagnosis.

“They can be a kid again, and their families can be a family again,” Seyer said. “They can spend time with their brothers and sisters, and build memories.”