070319_MNS_Berts_Adventure_noms boy with Tommy Owens at Walt Disney World

From left, Colin B., a Bert’s Big Adventure participant, and Tommy Owens, show director of "The Bert Show," enjoy the 2019 trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando in February. Colin's last name was not released to protect his privacy.

Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit that provides an all-expenses-paid, five-day trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, is accepting applications and nominations for children to join the magic on the 2020 trip.

“We look forward to welcoming a new group of children and their families to our growing Bert’s Big Adventure family,” Bert Weiss, founder of Bert’s Big Adventure and host of “The Bert Show,” a nationally syndicated, Atlanta-based morning radio show, said in a news release. “Our families are so special to us. They’re treated like VIPs throughout the entire five-day trip and the support continues at all year round.”

In order to qualify, children must be between 5 and 12, be diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness and have never been to Walt Disney World. The family must prove financial need and live in the radio listening area of “The Bert Show.” Applications are accepted from the following cities: Georgia’s Atlanta, Brunswick and Macon plus Beaumont, Texas, Casper, Wyoming; Charleston, South Carolina; Columbus, Mississippi; Dothan, Alabama; Eugene, Oregon; Flint and Lansing, Michigan; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Lexington, Kentucky; Mobridge and Pierre, South Dakota; Nashville, Tennessee; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Bert’s Big Adventure has grown to become a support system for more than 215 children and their families nationwide, providing year-round support through various programs such as Reunion Adventures, the Fairy Godparent volunteer program and additional charitable services.

The complete application and nomination forms are now available. There is also an option to anonymously nominate families. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 10. The selection process is not based on votes, and only one nomination per child will be accepted. Families do not have to be nominated to apply. Families who are selected will be notified no later than Jan. 10.

For more information on how to nominate a child and/or family or apply for your own family, visit http://bit.ly/2x8BNhX.

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