The young girl, McKenna May of Haskins, was set to go to Disney this summer, but her father refused to sign off on the trip because he said that she was in remission and that the Make-A-Wish trips should go to children who are sicker than his daughter.
The family said Make-A-Wish required signatures from both parents if either had visitation rights or was listed on the birth certificate. McKenna's parents never married or lived together, but her father recently received visitation rights.
Online donations topped $12,000 on Friday, and more money was being collected at banks in northwest Ohio.
McKenna's mother and grandmother said they decided to collect donations at local businesses to pay for the trip after the father wouldn't go along with the plan. Once their story spread, money and other offers began overwhelming them. "I've been offered cars, vacation homes," Helppie said.
They planned to shut down the online donations on Friday. They're giving what they don't need for the trip to Jamie's Dream Team, a nonprofit group in White Oak, Pa., that is helping them get to Disney. The organization says on its website that it helps people who are disabled, terminally ill, or suffering a serious medical condition.
The family twice postponed trips to Disney while McKenna was undergoing treatment for leukemia. Her last treatment was about a month ago.
She was diagnosed in April 2010, just before she turned 2. Chemotherapy treatments affected her speech and immune system, Helppie said, and doctors told the family that it would be better to wait to go to Disney until McKenna was done with treatment.