Community gives 5-year-old with brain cancer a heartwarming send off to treatment with his dream of Majical unicorn rides

Community gives 5-year-old with brain cancer a heartwarming send off to treatment with his dream of Majical unicorn rides

Classmates, parents and friends showed up in Fallon, Mont., on Dec. 7 to send off Wyatt Haas with a magical unicorn party as he heads to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to begin treatment for brain cancer.
Classmates, parents and friends showed up in Fallon, Mont., on Dec. 7 to send off Wyatt Haas with a magical unicorn party as he heads to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to begin treatment for brain cancer. Courtesy of Jennifer Nielsen
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There’s nothing like a little Majic to help boost your spirits when you’re feeling down.

And the world became a more Majical place for a special little boy and his family last weekend in Montana.

Tamara Choat and Hunter Frost lead Lilly the "unicorn" while Wyatt Haas and his sister, Aspen, take a ride.
Tamara Choat and Hunter Frost lead Lilly the “unicorn” while Wyatt Haas and his sister, Aspen, take a ride. Courtesy of Jennifer Nielsen

Unicorn dreams came true as Wyatt Haas’s kindergarten class gathered for a memorable send-off for their well-loved friend and classmate.

5-year-old Wyatt, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and was accepted into St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The day before he and his mother flew out to the famous children’s hospital, the community came together to celebrate Wyatt with “real unicorn” rides, a fairy-tale costume, unicorn cakes, and several hours of playtime in the park on an unusually beautiful December day in Eastern Montana.

Wyatt Haas slowly breaks into a smile as he sits up for his first "unicorn ride" with dad, Zach Haas, watching.
Wyatt Haas slowly breaks into a smile as he sits up for his first “unicorn ride” with dad, Zach Haas, watching. Courtesy of Jennifer Nielsen

The plans came together with the Majical touches of a small, rural community. One parent offered to get cakes. Another was bringing drinks.

Someone volunteered another “unicorn” so there would be rides for all. The forecast was perfect – a rare, sunny day sandwiched in between winter blizzards. And the best part, Wyatt was feeling well enough to enjoy his special event.

Wyatt Haas, 5, and his brother Asher, 4, wait anxiously to cut into the unicorn cake at Wyatt's send-off party.
Wyatt Haas, 5, and his brother Asher, 4, wait anxiously to cut into the unicorn cake at Wyatt’s send-off party. Courtesy of Jennifer Nielsen

While his classmates and beloved teacher, Mrs. Kay Pisk, cheered him on, Wyatt sat up on his very own unicorn, Bonanza, and took a ride around the park.

Wyatt was presented a golden crown and a special sword as he prepared to go to battle, a smile breaking out as his teacher helped him through his nerves.

Wyatt Haas enjoys a unicorn ride on Bonanza, owned by Will and Jennifer Nielsen of Fallon, Mont.
Wyatt Haas enjoys a unicorn ride on Bonanza, owned by Will and Jennifer Nielsen of Fallon, Mont. Courtesy of Jennifer Nielsen

“I truly believe the most magical part of the day was what transpired within the hearts of those watching Wyatt. Being part of such a special and touching event will be forever etched in the minds of those who were there,” said Jennifer Nielsen, the mother of one of Wyatt’s classmates.

A GoFundMe account has been set up with a goal of $30,000 to help the family with expenses as Zach stays home in Montana with Wyatt’s siblings and returns to his job at BNSF Railway.

You can also stay up to date with Wyatt’s journey by visiting his Facebook page


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