Oscar’s Wish to Explore Cancun

Six year old Oscar was diagnosed with Choroid Plexus Carcinoma, an extremely aggressive form of brain cancer. Between treatments and the side effects of cancer, Oscar was often unable to enjoy the adventures of childhood. He loved to play outside with his brother but found himself staring out of a window in the infusion room receiving chemotherapy treatments instead. His fingers craved the feeling of grass, his nose itched for the smell of fresh air and his heart longed for the feeling of the sun beating on his skin.

Oscar decided to wish for a trip to Cancun, Mexico because he desperately wanted to see the beautiful blue waters and white sand, where time isn’t measured by hours and minutes, but rather the crashing of waves and grainy sand under his toes. As Oscar and his family boarded their flight to Cancun, they looked forward to having a peaceful and relaxing adventure. Once they arrived, many hours were spent at the beach building sand castles, playing in the moving sea and drinking juice from coconuts.

Oscar also went to Xel-Ha Park, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, to experience a true paradise.  Hundreds of colorful fish swam by his goggles while he snorkeled.  He relaxed in a hammock under two palm trees without a worry in the world.  He jumped from the cliff of courage into the Riveria Maya without the fear of Cancer entering his mind.  Dinner was spent on Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship, where Oscar and his family enjoyed delicious food and a sword fight as they sailed.  As the trip came to an end, Oscar spent his last day on the beach, where he was sure to write his name in the sand. While tan lines may fade, the memories Oscar and his Family created in Cancun will last a lifetime.









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