Visiting the ocean, playing on the beach and going on a boat to see marine life are usually activities reserved for a summer getaway. Javi battles a heart condition, which makes it difficult for him to find time to go sightseeing with his family outside of his treatment schedule. The 14-year-old dreamed of escaping the cold weather in Reisterstown, MD. During a particularly cold Maryland winter, Javi wished to go on a winter beach getaway, and Make-A-Wish®
Mid-Atlantic knew the perfect way to make it happen!
Javi was thrilled with everything scheduled for his wish, including a visit to the Baltimore Aquarium before a trip to the Ocean City beach! Javi loved going on a dinner cruise in the Inner Harbor, where he was able to visit the captain on the upper deck. The whole staff on the ship made him feel special, dancing with Javi while playing his favorite song. At the aquarium, Javi was finally able to see different types of sea creatures, including the dolphins who were ready to show off their tricks!
When Javi made it to Ocean City, he didn’t let the cold weather slow him down. He was finally able to put his toes in the sand and feel the sea breeze despite the cold ocean water. He spent lots of time in the indoor heated pool, where he could stay warm and still enjoy the views of the beach. Javi’s wish introduced him to popular Maryland attractions and made this winter one to remember.