Brooktondale, NY—Eight-year-old Raven Walsh, of Brooktondale, was inspired by his uncle’s stories of working on a St. Croix eco-farm. Transfixed by tales of growing and harvesting crops, riding horses on the beach, and swimming with dolphins, Raven hoped to one day see it all in person.
When Raven was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and connected with Make-A-Wish®, he knew without a doubt what his wish would be – he was headed to St. Croix.
Raven and his family were able to travel to the Virgin Islands earlier this year for an unforgettable trip-of-a-lifetime. While in St. Croix, they stayed in a bungalow at Mount Victory Camp Eco Lodge, which is surrounded by farms and forest on the island’s west end. Their eight-day adventure included a visit to the Ridge to Reef Eco Farm where they learned about crop and wild life ecology.
The trip also included horse riding on the beach and in the rain forest, snorkeling at Buck Island Reef National Monument, and a sunset cruise to see dolphins, sea turtles and pelicans. Make-A-Wish® Central New York is dedicated to granting the special wishes of children like Raven, who are between the ages of 2½ and 18 and living with a life-threatening medical condition. Since its inception in 1985, the chapter has granted nearly 1,600 wishes and strives to provide the wish child and family with extra-special memories of joy and laughter.
Make-A-Wish continues to share the power of a wish® thanks to the generous support of business and individuals throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.
To learn how to refer a child, to become a wish granting volunteer, or to make a donation in support of wishes, visit cny.wish.org or call (315) 475-WISH (9474).
1. Wish Kid Raven Walsh, 8, soaks up the sun and plays in the ocean in St. Croix.
2. Eight-year-old Raven Walsh, of Brooktondale, rides his horse through the rain forest during his wish trip to St. Croix.