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I wish to meet Hope the dolphin

  • Wyatt meeting Hope the dolphin!

  • Relaxing on the beach!

  • Wyatt and his brothers having fun at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

  • Holding turtles at the aquarium

  • Wyatt and family at the aquarium

  • The whole family met the airplane pilot and crew and fit in the cockpit!

  • Hope the dolphin meeting the whole family

  • Wyatt and Hope

  • Saying goodbye to Hope

“ I had a really, really great time. The dolphins were awesome! ”

- Wish Kid Wyatt

Adopted By: Anonymous

Wyatt, 9, of Montrose, and his family, including his parents and three younger brothers, recently met a movie star!  Wyatt’s wish to go to Clearwater, Florida, to meet Hope the dolphin from the movie Dolphin Tale 2 came true in March.

He and his family flew from Sioux Falls to Tampa before traveling to Clearwater.  During their trip they stayed at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa.  Their first day was a free day to explore the area.  They enjoyed the beach and swam in the ocean!

On their second day, Wyatt was the special guest at Clearwater Marine Aquarium where he had the chance to see all kinds of marine animals, including getting up close with Hope the dolphin.  The family also met sting rays, turtles, birds and watched the trainers work with the dolphins. 

The final day the family headed to Busch Gardens, where they enjoyed the animals.  During the trip, the hotel pool was also a popular destination for the boys!  

“I had a really, really great time,” Wyatt said. “The dolphins were awesome!  I also loved swimming in the ocean with my dad!”

For Wyatt's mom, Emily, the wish experience provided lots of family time.

“Thanks for making Wyatt's wish come true,” Emily said. It was truly a dream come true!  Thanks so much for this opportunity to have some great family time.” 

Wyatt’s wish was adopted by an anonymous donor.  A special thanks to Make-A-Wish® Central and Western Florida for helping with Wyatt’s wish.

Thanks for making Wyatt's wish come true! It was truly a dream come true! ”

— Wish Mom Emily

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