Floating on Alaskan waters, Kevin truly feels like Captain Kevin of the Aleutian Ballad, the fishing boat he has joined for the day. He breathes in crisp sea air as he watches the crew at work. He beams when they ask him to toss a hook overboard to catch the line attached to 700-pound crab pots. It is a job he has performed many times in imaginary crab boats in his backyard and in hospital waiting rooms throughout his leukemia treatment.
“Kevin was so happy to be on the boat, seeing and doing things he had only dreamed about,” says his mother, Cara. He saw all types of sea creatures as the crab pots were hauled in. Inside the wheelhouse with the boat’s captain, he radioed local vessels and received calls back, wishing him well. He couldn’t believe it was all real!
As he basked in the joy of his Alaskan crab fishing wish come true, Kevin spent the week exploring the island community of Ketchikan with his family. He soared over the Misty Fjords in a bush plane, toured the rainforest, and watched bears fish for salmon. He drove a cutter boat at the U.S. Coast Guard Station and most afternoons, returned to his favorite bridge on Creek Street to fish.
During his time in Ketchikan, the world felt full of possibilities for Kevin. “This trip was so beautiful,” says Cara. “Kevin was in his element. Everything about the trip was exciting for him…It gave him so much to look forward to, especially during a difficult time. He will never forget this experience!”
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