Molly, 8, of Largo meets Winter the dolphin with the help of trainer John Widdick at her Make-A-Wish send off party at Clearwater Marine Aquarium April 13.
CLEARWATER – Molly, 8, of Largo lives with malignant neoplasm of the eye but recently embarked on a journey from Clearwater Marine Aquarium to San Diego Zoo courtesy of Make-A-Wish and the United Health Foundation.
According to Molly’s wish granters, she chose a San Diego Zoo wish because of her love for animals, specifically Australian animals – koala bears and kangaroos. Molly’s one specific request is to attend the Roar N’ Snore at the San Diego Zoo, which is an overnight camping experience inside the park with the animals. Finally, she would like to spend a day at the beach with her family surfing. Molly is traveling with her parents Ashley and Sean.
Employees from UnitedHealthcare hosted a send-off party for Molly April 13 at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where she was able to meet Winter the dolphin.
“We are very happy to play a role in making Molly’s wish trip come true,” said David Lewis, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Florida. “Make-A-Wish truly makes a positive impact in our communities and brings joy to so many children courageously facing life-threatening medical conditions.”
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family.
Since 2007, UnitedHealth Group has funded more than 2,136 wishes through a $7.5 million alliance with Make-A-Wish.