You're Going To Disney!
What began as a regular afternoon, turned into a memorable moment, for a Jay student and his classmates, as Batman brought Carter Rollman some good news.
The Jay kindergartener, who is currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, will soon travel to Florida to visit Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, thanks to Make A Wish Oklahoma.
He was nominated for the trip by a social worker at the St. Jude's Clinic at St. Francis Children's Hospital in Tulsa.
Heather Rollman said her son struggled with the decision to go Disney, or if he wanted to spend time at the beach.
Make a Wish officials told the young man he could do both, since the family will stay six nights and seven days at the Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee - a short drive to the beach.
"They told us we can do what he wants," Heather Rollman said. "We'll have a rental car, so if he wants to go to the beach, we can. The trip is for three days at Disney, two at Universal and one at Sea World.
"But they told us, when we get there, if he wants to spend more time at one park, he can.
"It's just overwhelming."
Rollman's parents, an aunt and grandparents, were on hand as Batman delivered the good news.
After visiting with Rollman, Batman also spent time with his classmates, taking individual and group photos, and sharing some advice on how they too could be superheroes in life.
Angela Teague, Rollman's wish coordinator, smiled through the whole visit.
Herself a Make A Wish mom, Teague said she knows what's in store for Rollman and his family during the trip.
"The trip meant so much to [our family]," Teague said. "We were taken away from all of the doctors, and all of the pain your child goes through.
"For a brief period of time, we had a chance to enjoy life like a regular [family] without rushing to doctors appointments or treatment. It was amazing."
More about Rollman
Rollman, who also has developmental issues due to cerebral palsy and autism, finished chemotherapy on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
Heather Rollman said her son will visit the doctors this week for new scans to determine what the next course of treatment will entail.
He was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, as well as HLH or Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, an autoimmune disease, in October, after being sick much of the summer.
While Carter's cancer is considered stage four, doctors have given the Rollmans a good outlook on his recovery, saying his survival rate is above 75 percent.
Rollman is the grandson of Doris and Doug Moore of Jay, Spencer and Cheryl Rollman of Kansas and Julie Collins of Oaks,.