left early in the morning to go to the airport. I loved it when the
plane went in the sky. It was fun. When we go there I was so
happy. It was really hot. We took a car ride to Hawks Cay Resort.
It was so beautiful.
condo we stayed at was fancy. My brother Ryan and I had a room to
share and our beds had grass skirts on them. After unpacking we
took a walk around the resort. We saw lots of coconut trees and
lots of lizards.
we got to the main hotel we saw the dolphins. I was so excited. I
couldn’t wait to swim with them. After our walk we went swimming,
the water was so warm. I got my hair braided from a lady by the
pool one day but it fell out but it looked good while it lasted.
next day we went swimming at the Pirate Ship Pool it was cool, it
had cannons that would shoot water. After lunch was when I got to
swim with the dolphins. My dad and I had to put on wet suits; they
were really tight. The trainers told us about the dolphins.
Theirs names were Bala, Nemo and Sebastian. My dad and I got in the
water with the trainer then the dolphin swam right up to us. The
dolphin’s skin was soft and smooth and it felt like rubber. It was
cool. The trainer taught me different hand signs to make the
dolphins do tricks. I made it jump in the air, clap its fins, dance
and bring me a prize; the prize was a piece of sea grass. The
trainer also let me feed the dolphins, they like fish, ice cubes and
favorite part was when the dolphin kissed my cheek and I kissed it
back. What was neat at Hawks Cay was I was able to see the dolphins
every day. Kim and Jerry Stevens drove from their house in Florida
to visit us (Jerry is the State Director of B4K). Ryan and I had
fun with them. We did a lot of fun things together, we swam, goofed
around, seen the sights of Key West and lots of dolphins. I had a
blast with Wanda and I met some other kids to play with too.
you to Kim and Jerry who came to see me there and for letting me
“smoke” the tires on his car, too bad it’s broken now. Thank you to
Wanda at Hawks Cay for all your help. Thank you Benefit4Kids for
granting my Outdoor Wish of swimming with the dolphins.
behalf of Whitney, Ryan and Melanie I just want to say thank you so
very very much for granting Whitney’s wish. If you could have seen
the look of joy on her face the first time she saw the dolphins, it
was priceless. Besides Whitney’s swim we also had other
adventures. We along with our new friends Kim and Jerry Stevens,
traveled to Key West, swam in all the pools at the resort and met
many wonderful people.
the road from Hawks Cay Resort is the Dolphin Research Center. On
a whim we decided to check it out, the folks there were outstanding,
when we mentioned we were on Whitney’s wish trip they looked up the
B4K site and came back telling us our admission was free and did
Whitney want to swim with their dolphins? Wow, what special people.
A big thank you to Wanda Whitehouse and
everybody at Hawks Cay Resort and Dolphin Connection. It’s hard to
put into words how much we appreciated everything that was done for
To Kim and Jerry Stevens you guys are
awesome, here’s to a start of a long friendship. Linda, thank you
for everything you’ve done to help make the trip smooth, Joy,
Whitney love her surprise, we were totally shocked when it came in
the mail. So to everyone involved thank you for helping to “Make
Hawks Cay Resort donated their services to the
family for the entire week, a heartfelt thank you goes to them from
B4K for their generosity. Thank you to Kyle and Wanda for all your
help on this, it is greatly appreciated, the two of you went above
and beyond to make this happen for Whitney.
Millennium Steering sponsored Whitney’s Outdoor Wish, a heartfelt
thank you from B4k on their generosity.