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Hunter's Hawaiian Dreams

“ We all now have a different sense of gratitude that changed the whole family ”


- Hunter's Mom

Hunter is the most funny, quick witted 15-year-old out there. He loves to play video games, go swimming, hang out in the sun, and spend time with his friends.

Hunter has a big heart and is very compassionate towards everyone he meets. Hunter has spinal muscular atrophies, a genetic disorder, that he has been fighting. For Hunter’s age, he is surpassing all odds usually associated with his disorder. 

When Hunter learned he qualified to receive a wish, he spent a long time thinking of exactly what he wanted to do. He ultimately decided he wanted to have the coolest family trip possible and decided there was no better place could he do that than Hawaii. 

The second Hunter stepped off the plane in Hawaii, a man greeted him and his family by hanging a lei around each of their necks. Before his family reached their hotel, Hunter got another lei on top and he knew he was in paradise. Hunter went snorkeling with the fishes, visited the Dole plantation, ate shaved ice almost every day, went parasailing, zip lining, and boogie boarded so much that his parents couldn’t wake him the next morning. One of the most memorable moments on the trip was when the Polynesian Cultural Center hosted a special tribute to Hunter during one of their dinner shows. 

Hunter took home lots of gifts from his wish. The beachfront hotel they stayed at gave him a shopping spree and he picked out a robe that he still wears around the house. At dinner one night the family went to the Hard Rock Café and got swag bags from their gift shop; Hunter rocks the sunglasses daily. 

Hunter still loves to talk about the trip. Since his wish, Hunter has shown an increased gratitude for life and he is now more appreciative in everyday things. He has more faith in people and more confidence in himself. “We all now have a different sense of gratitude that changed the whole family,” Hunter’s mom said.

Hunter also decided he’d like to live in Hawaii; that would be his ultimate dream. He is looking forward to starting high school in the fall. 

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