News reports from Rhode Island tell the sad tale:
Ian Zuchowski had a wish to ride in a parade.
But not just any parade — the Macyâ€™s parade to ride with Santa Claus.
“Santa is like one of his favorite people in the whole wide world,” said Ian’s mother, Patty Zuchowski. “He wants to be an elf when he grows up.”
Ian has microcephaly — a small brain. He is 9 years old.
Ian’s family was working with Make-A-Wish Foundation but the two very connected entities just couldn’t make it happen for Ian. (Macy’s donates $6 million a year to Make-A-Wish).
Macy’s has a policy that no outsiders participate in their parades.Â Macy’s claims thatÂ it’s a parade for entertainment and that it would be a safety issue.
We’re encouraging Make-A-Wish to inform Macy’s about aÂ modern invention called the child safety seat and to insist that they let Ian work as an elf, for just one day, with Santa in the parade.