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Little boy battling cancer gets wish to see trains and beach granted

Wish granted

GOLETA, Calif. - A special wish is coming true for a little boy battling cancer.

Cannon Tokoi traveled all the way from Abilene, Kansas to Goleta on Sunday to get his wish granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and an anonymous donor. The wish originated from the foundation in Kansas, and Make-A-Wish Tri Counties assisted with the logistics and itinerary.

The four-year-old has been battling cancer for most of his young life.

Tokoi was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma when he was three months old. The disease eventually left him blind in his left eye.

For years, Tokoi had to travel from his home to Pennsylvania for chemotherapy and radiation. He also suffered one relapse.

"Right now, he is been pretty stable. We have one more visit in July and if he is stable for one more month, he is officially in remission," said his mom, Ashley Tokoi.

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked Tokoi what he wanted--the little boy had one simple request.

"He just wanted to do something with trains and he loves the beach, so we just left it wide open with that," Tokoi said.

The Tokoi family's first stop was a private tour of the South Coast Railroad Museum at the Historic Goleta Depot on Monday.

Tokoi loved the model trains and the ride on a small train with the conductor.

Tokoi's mom is grateful to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for giving them a break from worrying about her son's health.

"The people who do donate or donate time, I'm getting choked up," she said. "It's so sweet."

On Tuesday, Tokoi gets a private visit to an exclusive home in Montecito to check out a model railroad.

The family will also get a private, behind the scenes tour of the Santa Barbara Zoo.

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties, click here.


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