Thaddeus has always had a connection with animals. Combine this with his love of water and swimming and you have the perfect wish! As the cold weather was just starting to set in to New York, Thaddeus was off to Sunny Florida to swim with the Dolphins!
Wish Mom's Perspective:
We were blown away when a beautiful stretch limo pulled up to our home to take us to the airport. Traveling with Thaddeus is not easy as he requires a lot of medical equipment, but Make A Wish was able to make arrangements for him to have everything he needed both in flight and in Florida. Even though it doesn't seem far this is the farthest Thaddeus has ever been from home.
We stayed at a beautiful hotel on the beach where Thaddeus got to put his toes in the sand and enjoy lots of time swimming with the family in the heated pool.As his wish day came closer we were praying that Thaddeus would have a good day and that god would allow him a “magical” moment. Unfortunately, Thaddeus was not having a great morning when it came time to swim with the dolphins and did have a seizure during his encounter, but there is one thing this trip has taught or family, magical moments are not always big and obvious. Sometimes they are very small and at the time they are happening you may not even know. They are all of those things that when you look back and reflect stand out in your mind.
When we look back on all these things we know that Thad had a trip full of "magical" moments and we will be forever grateful to be able to have made this trip with him all thanks to Make A Wish! A truly amazing thing they do for children and there families, they give us "magical" memories!