When six-year-old Brenden learned about his opportunity to have a wish granted by Make-A-Wish® Colorado, he only had one thought in his mind… to go to the beach!
When six-year-old Brenden learned about his opportunity to have a wish granted by Make-A-Wish® Colorado, he only had one thought in his mind… to go to the beach! He wanted to see the ocean and play in the world’s largest natural sandbox. As the number of days until his trip grew smaller and his excitement grew larger, something truly magical occurred: he was no longer thinking about cancer.
Everyone he encountered during travel rolled out the red carpet for Brenden and his family and made the experience special. They were given a tour of cockpit of their plane before takeoff and were greeted and escorted like VIPs once they landed in Florida. The first night, Brenden and his brother were so eager to see the beach that they ran straight from the car all the way into the water, clothes and all! Their parents treasured the moment so much that they weren’t even worried about all the sand in their shoes!
Beyond enjoying beach days by the ocean, the family also loved pool days at the resort and a seashell walk with a local marine biologist. Brenden was in his element the entire time, loving the water, sand, sea breeze and everything the trip had to offer.
“This trip was truly what he wanted for a wish, more than anything else. He was just living it up the entire time,” said Brenden’s mom. She added that it’s something he will cherish forever.
Today, Brenden continues to fight cancer and always asks his parents, “When can we go back to the beach?”