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Tom's West Coast Adventure to San Diego

Tom Hero

“ Tom could just imagine getting paid to make legos ”


- Mom

“I love Legos but I love sea turtles too” Tom age 9, told his volunteers when describing his interests. With an avid passion for both of these things, Tom’s wish to go to San Diego was perfect. With his daily battles with leukemia, Tom’s escape to the west coast would bring him nothing but joy and the chance to be a kid. Tom’s wish trip began at LegoLand where he spent hours walking around the park enthralled by the detail and marveling at how many thousands of building block pieces it takes to turn into a mini New York City or a mini Star Wars movie scene. It wasn’t until Tim, a Lego Land model maker took the Bauer family into the Model Workshop to see where everything is built that Tom really got excited. “Tom could just imagine getting paid to make Legos!” Mom, Kristen said. Tom created a miniature version of himself, known as a ‘Mini Lander’ and was asked to place it anywhere in the park where it will stay on display. He chose the Pirate Ship at Las Vegas’s Treasure Island Casino! His next adventure was getting splashed by Shamu at SeaWorld® and taking the tram to the San Diego Zoo. After enjoying animal exhibits, they were able to spend the day interacting with a Beluga whale, touring the marine animal nursery, and feeding his favorite sea turtles. “This trip was a wonderful time of relaxation and fun with our family. Going to California and seeing another part of the country together-- the Pacific Ocean, LegoLand, SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo—meant there was always something exciting around the corner. We appreciate all Make-A-Wish Alabama did for Tom and for us.”

 

 

This trip was a wonderful time of relaxation and fun with our family. Going to California and seeing another part of the country together-- the Pacific Ocean, LegoLand, SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo—meant there was always something exciting around the corner. We appreciate all Make-A-Wish Alabama did for Tom and for us ”

— Mom, Kristen

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