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A Tropical Wish for Colin

For 5-year-old Colin, bravery extends far past that first night sleeping without a nightlight or checking under the bed for mysterious monsters. His bravery is being a child facing a very grown up illness, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

When Colin’s adoring parents, Jennifer and Keith, contacted Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Suffolk County they were hoping to give their shy yet bright-eyed son a special gift to make his exhausting treatment more bearable. Above all, they wanted to see their son, who has endured so much pain, smile.

After Colin was presented with the opportunity to have a wish granted, he cheerfully chose a family trip to the Atlantis Resort in the tropical Bahamas. His wish was to experience something that so many children dream of—swimming with dolphins!

The trip to the Bahamas, taken halfway through Colin’s treatment, was a rare chance for the entire family to simply relax, escape from the everyday and take pleasure in the company of loved ones.

Colin’s family felt that this special trip halfway through treatment would renew Colin’s spirit and give him the strength to get through the second half.

“We thought it was important to give Colin normalcy,” said Jennifer. “It was an amazing, amazing experience.”

During their extraordinary trip to Atlantis, Colin’s family enjoyed lounging in the sun by the many pools, visiting the colorful marine life at the aquarium, and most of all, seeing their son smile. Colin fulfilled his wish of swimming with the dolphins and spent hours playing in the children’s water park!

Colin’s wish trip to Atlantis served not only as a rejuvenating force to the courageous 5-year-old, but to his whole family, who have been with him every step of the fight.

“Truly,” said a tearful Jennifer. “I have not seen my son smile as much as he did in those seven days.”

“I have not seen my son smile as much as he did in those seven days.” ”

— Jennifer

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  • This past Monday evening, we had the honor of sharing an emotional yet extremely heartwarming evening with the incredible team at Varsity Home Service: Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. This company truly understands and values the gift of giving back to the members of their community and by doing so, they are helping to grant the wish of 7 year-old Samuel from Lake Ronkonkoma who battles a severe seizure disorder. Samuel, who loves Woody and Buzz Lightyear, has made his most heartfelt wish to meet his favorite characters at the magical Walt Disney World Resorts. Due to the incredible support of Varsity Home Service, Samuel's wish will be coming true this upcoming September! Varsity Home Service also presented former wish recipient, Kyle, with a beach terrain wheelchair so that he can comfortably enjoy time at the beach with his family and friends. Thank you to our friends at Mary's Pizza & Pasta of Islip Terrace for hosting such a beautiful event.

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