Sam's wish to go to the Galapagos Islands

Sam, 11, who suffers from a heart condition, wished to go to the exotic destination of the Galapagos Islands. He wanted to see the creatures of the Galapagos who were unique and had each adapted to deal with their harsh environment, as Sam has faced adapting to his specific illness.

As Sam’s mom so eloquently put it, “We are constantly striving to contextualize Sam’s heart condition within his life and within general hopes for a good life. This trip helped us more than we ever could have expected to see the brilliance of coming to peace with your environment while still making an impact.”

Some thoughts and lessons learned from Sam and his family after his trip of a lifetime…

  • Maybe you cannot tame the harsh wildness but you can learn to live a good life within it.
  • Bloom where you are planted. Adaptation is a challenge and gift.
  • We are not alone and others are eager to help us and we bring and receive joy
  • Wanting to learn Spanish (He already started on the computer) and travel again, a goal he looks forward to striving towards.

Special thanks to Flight Centre for adopting Sam’s wish, and thank you to our wonderful friends at Sony and TuGo!

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