Andrew, an 8-year-old boy who loves the outdoors, is full of spontaneous energy, smiles and wit, traits that have helped him through his journey of brain surgery and check-ups this past year. In addition to his fun personality, Andrew's love of the movie Cool Runnings
kept him smiling, laughing and dancing. He watched these bobsled heroes numerous times, keeping his spirits up. When he was asked what his wish would be, he quickly knew that "riding on a big boat" to the bobsledders' native island would be his dream.
During his wish reveal, he was overjoyed. He showed his volunteers many reggae dance moves and the Jamaican accent, all while wearing his new dreads hat and Olympic gold medal. Extended family members were there to help celebrate and many tears of appreciation were shed. The family tie-dyed their Make-A-Wish shirts in honor of the upcoming trip.
Volunteers sent off the family at the Missoula airport with lots of hugs and smiles. Andrew was able to visit the pilot and cockpit on both flights to Florida, with one captian giving him his own wings. The family was very touched with the amazing support Royal Caribbean showed for Make-A-Wish, from raising the Make-A-Wish flag in honor of Andrew, to the Make-A-Wish fundraiser onboard. Andrew and his family had a lot of fun on the Flow Rider, getting it all to themselves the first half hour. He got in many smiles with all the DreamWorks characters around the ship and the captain let him take over the bridge! Andrew got to do his classic "Titanic pose" on the front of the cruise ship, enjoyed snorkeling and relaxing on the beach in Jamaica.
Andrew and his family are very grateful for this experience. Now Andrew has many more reasons to smile and look at each new day with hope, strength and joy.