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Claudia and Juno! James Edward Bates

“ This trip to Atlantis exceeded our expectations by far! ”

- Claudia's mom

  • Claudia , 8

    • Cancer
    • I wish to go to Atlantis and swim with the dolphins!

In early 2015 when Claudia was 8, she was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue childhood cancer. Her cancer was discovered after she went to the doctor experiencing bleeding that was believed to be a urinary tract infection, kidney stone or early menstruation; but turned out to be a polyp.

Claudia is a vibrant little girl who loves being outdoors and the water. She loves to swim in pools, going to the beach and going out in boats. So, of course, when she met with the wish granter, she knew what her wish was.

In July Claudia was told she was going to eat dinner with her family at her favorite restaurant. She was surprised to find out that it was more than dinner. It was a surprise celebration! She was showered with gifts by Shelton Jewelers and told the exciting news that her wish had been granted. Shelton Jewelers, knowing of Claudia’s love of dolphins, gave her a special bracelet and necklace with dolphins on them. “I will never forget the surprise and excitement that I got to witness on Claudia’s face when she learned that this was her Wish Party.” –Cathy, Shelton Jewelers.

In August, Claudia’s wish was granted. She was introduced to a dolphin named Juno, who was a Hurricane Katrina Dolphin from Gulfport. This made Claudia’s whole family love Juno even more and have a special bond. “This trip to Atlantis exceeded our expectations by far,” Claudia’s mother exclaimed. “She not only fell in love with Juno but she wanted to take him home with her.” Claudia also got to visit the water park and ride on a slide called “The Challenger”. Her and her brother had a blast racing each other down.

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