Gavin's Wish

Nine-year-old Gavin is living with a brain tumor. He likes video games and playing soccer, O'Henry’s, corn dogs, candy apples, LEGO's and AC/DC. Gavin's wish was to have an experience with Sea Turtles in Hawaii!

Hawaii Turtle Tours took Gavin and his family to wonderful island sites, introduced them to some of the most delicious seafood dishes on the island, and provided the opportunity to snorkel and meet sea turtles. The tour highlighted Diamond Head, Halona Blow Hole, Makapuu Lookout, Rabbit Island, Secret Beach, Hawaii’s Macadamia Nut Farm, Chinaman’s Hat, Laie Point, the famous North Shore Shrimp Trucks, Secret Turtle Beach, Dole Plantation and so much more in between. They also cruised by some of the North Shore’s famous beaches and enjoy the beauty of the island.

Next, Gavin enjoyed an Oahu snorkeling adventure with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures. They experienced an exhilarating passive and non-intrusive in-water encounter with wild spinner dolphins before visiting “The Friendly Green Sea Turtles of ‘Turtle Town'." Gavin and his family had a rare opportunity to encounter amazing and friendly green-sea turtles up close at “Turtle Town”, a natural turtle cleaning station where algae-eating tropical reef fish clean their shells and skins. After, they snorkeled a Hawaiian reef teeming with tropical fish and a variety of Pacific Ocean life.

Gavin and his family also visited Sea Life Park for a behind-the-scenes, out of water experience where participants observe the dolphins while they perform high-energy behaviours. Gavin had the opportunity to learn the trainers’ hand movements and try them on the dolphins himself!

For the first time in a long time, Gavin and his family felt ‘normal’ – free from pain, hospital visits and constant worrying. Gavin’s wish was not only a brilliant distraction from his medical condition but, a magical experience that has shown him that anything is possible.

Flights for this wish were provided by WestJet through the WestJet Cares for Kids Community Investment Program.

Gavin was grateful to receive his new Sony Cyber-shot® digital camera donated by the Sony Canada Charitable Foundation.

Travel insurance coverage for this wish was kindly provided by TuGo.

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