Cody, 7, circulatory condition
I wish to go to Hawaii
Seven-year-old Cody spent the summer on the beach playing in the sand and building volcanoes. Never did he or his family think it feasible to actually visit one, but that’s exactly what happened when Cody was granted his wish of a Hawaiian vacation.
Behind the scenes, there was a coordinated effort to bring Cody’s teacher into planning the best way to reveal the news. On the day of the unveiling, Cody and classmates were treated to a Hawaiian themed party and a science lesson about volcanoes, complete with a hands-on demonstration. Much to Cody’s surprise, his mother Mary and his wish team then entered the classroom to reveal that he would soon be traveling to see the real thing. Cody got to celebrate his wish being granted with his family and friends.
“It was just amazing – perfectly suited for Cody – and meaningful for the whole class,” said Mary.
The trip began with Cody and his sisters excited to ride to the airport in the “fancy” style of a limousine. Once in Hawaii, they were greeted with leis and a traditional, “aloha!” During his stay, Cody got to do anything and everything he wanted.
Some of the highlights included a helicopter ride through an active volcano, swimming with dolphins, a muddy open Jeep ride through the rainforest, night swimming with manta rays in open water and paddle boarding.
“What a gift! We were floored and never would have imagined that every detail would be planned. He felt so important,” Mary said. “I feel so blessed. This is an amazing organization … They have made a mark forever.”
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