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Shiver Me Timbers -- It's Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Reid captain of his own pirate ship
Ahoy, mateys! Shiver me timbers -- it's Talk Like A Pirate Day! Arrr, at Make-A-Wish, our young lads have enjoyed swashbuckling adventures over the years. Among their booty-- hope, strength and joy. Ye can read their tales herrre:

Tyler becomes a PirateTyler Becomes A Pirate

What sets thirteen-year-old Tyler, diagnosed with refractory/intractable epilepsy,  apart is his fascination with the pirate’s life. He searches out pirate movies and stories of adventures far and wide.  He has even enlisted his brothers to bury treasure and create hunts for him. Make-A-Wish transformed Tyler into a swashbucklin’ buccaneer at a live Pirate Festival in the historic, seafaring town of Key West, FL.  He explored pirate encampments at a Civil War-era fort and gained his sea legs as he experienced ship life and witnessed others “walk the plank."  Tyler listened attentively as other pirates shared their tales and it wasn’t long before he received his very own first clue to find the buried treasure he so desperately sought. Tyler was thrilled that he had mastered the maps and deciphered the codes, and it brought a grin to this young lad's face as he found his treasure of gems, replica coins and even an arrowhead from another pirate at Fort Zachary Taylor.  Three cheers for Captain Tyler!

Reid Becomes a Ship Captain

All hands were on deck when six-year-old Reid was made a captain in the town of Meadville, PA.  At the unveiling of his new ship, Reid could hardly contain his excitement and was thrilled to be the first person to yell “Ahoy!” from the top of the ship.  Captain Reid loves partaking in new swashbuckling adventures, which include sliding down the ship’s slide, swinging on it and pretending that he and his buckos are characters from Peter Pan. The ship came complete with a fort, walking plank, three swings, a steering wheel and a rope wall.

"It’s great to see him so happy and to know that he feels so special,” said Reid’s mom. “It’s sometimes difficult to get him to come inside for dinner. He wants to play for hours!”

Reid will be sailing the seas—at least in his imagination—for years to come, as the magical winds of a wish propel him into the future.

To watch a video of Reid's wish, click herrre

Reid and his buckos

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