Michael’s wish to go fishing in the Florida Keys was granted in mid June. Two days of fishing with Captain Nate Wheeler from Waypoint Charters showed Michael and his brother an amazing time. Nate was born is the Florida Keys, and grew up on his parent’s mother ship that travels back and forth from the Keys to the Bahamas. Nate is no stranger of giving back. He served in the Air Force, and spent over a year in Iraq. After his time in the military he made his way back to the Keys, and began his fishing career. I’ve known Nate since grade school, and knew that his years growing up on the water would prove to be a rewarding trip for the family.
The family also received reels from Shimano, sunglasses from Costa, gear from Yeti, and ultimate fishing clothing from Under Armour. Sea Vee even lent the foundation a brand new 34 footer. The extra support that the foundation receives from Jose’s sponsors adds to the ultimate “Spanish Fly” experience. While I could describe the wish on the foundation’s end, reading the words of Michael and his mother are more powerful than anything I could ever describe;
“Getting my wish come true to go deep-sea fishing was a spectacular experience! I couldn’t have had a better time with Krissy, Captain Nate and first mate Devon. From feeling the wind in my face at 40 miles an hour chasing mahi mahi, to reeling in a 20 pound Mutton Snapper (I’m not exaggerating am I?)and fighting with a baby Tiger Shark, it just doesn’t get any better. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for my family and I to have this once in a lifetime experience.”
“It is such a humbling but wonderful experience to accept the generosity of people who want to bring joy into the life of a young man who has faced such adversity. Michael has always loved the ocean and has wanted to catch a “big fish” for as long as I can remember. A year and 1/2 ago, I wouldn’t have thought it possible for my son to get his wish to go deep sea fishing. He was simply too sick and spent too many of his days in the hospital. Getting to experience this dream come true was unbelievable for Michael but also for the whole family. You and your organization made it happen for us. We were blown away by all the fishing gear, cloths, hats, and amazing sunglasses for each of us. But we were also blown away by the motivation of everyone involved. This experience has taught us that sometimes people do amazing things, expecting nothing in return. I am so grateful that my children got to see this wonderful side of humanity and I hope we can somehow find a way to pass on the kindness we have felt.”