Foundation Makes Wish Come True in Unalaska
Tuesday, October 29 2013
Wishes came true last week for a girl facing a life-threatening medical condition when she was able to achieve her dream of meeting with the captains and crews of her favorite boats on the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch. The 18 year old girl and her mother came to Unalaska from their home in Wichita Falls, Texas with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Port of Dutch Harbor Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) coordinated with the foundation to assist the women in meeting with the captains and crews of the Northwestern and the Time Bandit crabbing vessels. Producers and film crews of the Deadliest Catch offered assistance during their stay, and community members Jimmer and Alyssa McDonald accommodated them and took the pair out crab fishing for a taste of what life is like on the island.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization that grants the wish of a child that has been diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Their goal is to provide children with enriching human experiences that create hope, strength, and joy, and possibly even give them with the fortitude to improve their condition. They work closely with the child’s physician and family to determine eligibility and when is the most appropriate time to grant the child’s wish. CVB is currently coordinating with Make-A-Wish to grant another child’s wish of coming out to Unalaska later this year.