For 11 years, Bert and Stacey Weiss have been taking chronically and terminally ill children to Disney World, giving families a trip they would never be able to afford or handle by themselves. For 5 days, the families are told not to worry about anything – doctors and nurses are on hand to help – and the Bert’s Big Adventure team takes care of everything. For many families, this could be the first time in years they feel like they can finally try to relax. It’s an amazing display of the goodness of people – watching the Bert’s Big Adventure volunteers work tirelessly just so these people who have had a tough time in life can truly enjoy themselves and make memories to last a lifetime.
And it doesn’t stop with the trip. Bert’s Big Adventure forms a family, keeping in touch with everyone, bringing volunteers to the kids when they are in the hospital to cheer them up, and holding reunions several times throughout the year. Many of the families form lifelong bonds. For some families, those meetings provide rare opportunities for them to talk with others who can empathize with what they are going through.
Watch the Halley family as they are told they’re going on the trip, and as they go through the Big Adventure. Click here.
Watch all of the amazing, fun ways Bert surprises the families even before they ever go on the trip. Click here.