Amidst colorful swirls of tropical fish, fourteen-year-old Dennis snorkels the entire length of the coral reef trail in Trunk Bay, St. John. Swimming with stingrays and other marine life, this turquoise wonderland is all his. The undersea calm feels a world away from his typical routine of medical appointments to monitor and treat his Fanconi’s anemia, a blood disorder.
Dennis wished for a vacation in St. John and he and his family were treated to five nights in a comfortable resort villa overlooking Great Cruz Bay. The island heat found them frequently in the pool, swimming in the Caribbean waters, or enjoying the gentle breeze on the beach.
The highlight of the trip was a private boat excursion that
granted Dennis access to remote areas in Hawksnest Bay
and Watermelon Cay in St. John and locations in the British Virgin Islands. The sleek boat carried him from one destination to the next, with plenty of time for snorkeling, swimming, and beachcombing. At Sandy Spit, he and his family swam ashore to the pearly coral sand beach, which they had almost completely to themselves. “It was just one of the many magic moments,” says Dennis’ mother, Beth.
His week immersed in a Caribbean panorama helped Dennis expand his view beyond his illness and provided indelible memories that he will cherish. “Thank you, Make-A-Wish, for making Dennis’ dream come true,” says Beth. “We are very grateful to you.”
Photos: Dennis snorkels in crystal clear water and enjoys a private boat excursion with his family.