Ethan lives with a life-threatening form of kidney disease. He is an avid boater and enjoys to fish. When asked his true wish, it was an easy answer and Make-A-Wish Maine was thrilled to grant this special wish!
As part of the wish, Ethan was required to take a state certified boater safety course and he hopes to pursue a captain’s license as well. Part of the reason for choosing this wish was Ethan’s desire to give back to others and teach other young kids the joy of being on the ocean and how to fish.
Now, just in time for boat season, Ethan received his very own boat, aptly named Ethan’s Wish.
Ethan spent a few hours of his wish day at the US Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in South Portland. He got to eat his favorite meal (prime rib) and the Coast Guard also got to enjoy the feast, which made Ethan one of their favorite visitors! After lunch, Ethan enjoyed a tour to learn about their local fleet and operations.
After his visit, Ethan and his mom were taken by Limo to Portland Yacht Services where friends, family members, and Make-A-Wish volunteers stood by to cheer him on. Ethan was all smiles when he set eyes on his very own boat!
Here in the office at Make-A-Wish Maine, we love when there is a local wish going on in Maine. Many of our wishes involve travel, which means that we don't get to see their faces when they actually get to their wish. To be able to be there when a wish comes true, to be a part of that moment, is very special and rewarding.
We are very proud to grant Ethan's wish and look forward to the sunnier, warmer days in Maine when Ethan will be out there on his boat!
Make-A-Wish wishes to thank Portland Yacht Services, United State Coast Guard, Portland Limousine, Black Seal Lettering, Keiran Sheehan, Joe Sharpe, Portland Tugboat, LLC, Adopt-A-Wish Sponsor The Old Village Inn, and volunteer wish granters Lisa Anderson and Darlene Saltz.