It is definitely not everyday that one gets the opportunity to swim with sea turtles and sea lions. For Daniel LoBello, his wish came true on Monday as his wish was made possible by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to young people aged between 2.5 to 18 years old who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. He managed to spend a day with his family at Coral World in the United States.
Daniel, a 14-year-old who suffers from lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, put careful thought into what he wanted. “He thought long and hard about what his wish would be, and he really wanted to come here and see the turtles,” stated Rich LoBello, his father. On Sunday, when he arrived at the venue, he was greeted warmly by a welcoming committee of Antilles students holding a large handmade sign that read: “Welcome to your wish Daniel.”
He journeyed all the way from New Jersey along with his sister, Sarah, his father and his mother, Shannon. They were all being treated to a four-day, action-packed St. Thomas vacation by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “I have turtles at home, but not sea turtles,” said Daniel who wanted to get up close to a real sea turtle. According to his mother, after Daniel had made his wish, they discovered that Coral World was the only facility that offered such an encounter. That was also the reason why they made the trip over.
On Monday, when the family of four got into the turtle pool, the two, large, green sea turtles began to investigate them. One of them even swam up against them and splashed water at them with his front flipper. At the end, Daniel even got to feed the turtles with lettuce and tomatoes. “It was fun,” he exclaimed. Aside from swimming with sea turtles, he also had the chance to swim with Coral World’s South American Sea Lions. The family has also made plans to go kayaking ride the tram up to Paradise Point, visit the Butterfly Garden and zip through the treetops on the Tree Limin’ Extreme zipline tour. However, Daniel is definitely looking more keen on getting some quality time on the beach before they depart on Thursday. “I’ll make sure of it,” he added. For more of the story, do check it out here.
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