THIS was the moment when a seriously-ill girl’s dearest wish came true.
Twelve-year-old Lucy Bolton, who is in year eight at Hall Cross Lower School in Bessacarr, got to swim and smile with a dolphin thanks to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Lucy was diagnosed with a malignant tumour last year and has since been through chemotherapy followed by major surgery at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
When the charity heard about her bravery – and about her wish to swim with a dolphin – they decided to grant it by flying Lucy and her parents to Florida.
Lucy had wanted to swim with dolphins since seeing them perform in a show in Portugal.
“I think that dolphins are beautiful animals,” she told the Starlight Foundation. “They always seem to be smiling and looking happy. It would be such a dream come true to be given this amazing opportunity and when I feel down I will always be able to look back on my wish to help cheer me up,” she said.
So in October, Lucy and her parents Kevin and Julie flew to Orlando, spending a week at Discovery Cove to swim with dolphins and visit the theme parks.
Lucy has a passion for animals and before being diagnosed with neuroblastoma was also very active.
She particularly loves swimming and dancing, and took part in two consecutive pantomimes at Doncaster Civic Theatre.
“I never imagined I would ever get a chance to swim with dolphins,” Lucy said after her trip.
“Another favourite experience was being in the bird aviary and having lots of different birds land on my hand to come and collect food.
“I can’t thank Starlight enough for making my dream come true,” she said.
Starlight’s aim is to give families of ill children happy memories, whatever the future holds.
Lucy’s father Kevin said she had been brave throughout her illness, and that she always has a smile for others.