Tyler Machado thought he was heading to the doctor's office Friday morning. But he instead was greeted with a red carpet leading to a stretch limousine, heading to Newark Liberty International Airport.
Make-A-Wish New Jersey first surprised Tyler, an 11-year-old lymphoma patient, with a trip to Cuba in December, NJ.com reported.
Tyler is the first child from the United States to go to Cuba through Make-A-Wish since the travel ban was lifted under the Obama administration.
Tyler's mother says her son is a "family person" who has always wanted to go to Cuba to meet his grandparents. Her son said he was happy before heading out on his six-day trip.
The communications director for Make-A-Wish says the foundation is working on trips to Cuba for other children throughout the U.S.