To the Editor:
I want to say thank you to the people of Southwest Harbor and Mount Desert Island for all their help when our Make-A-Wish child, Robert Boren, and his family visited in August to fulfill his wish to go lobster fishing.
What an awesome town! People were absolutely wonderful. When my Make-A-Wish Partner and I went into businesses and asked for donations for Robert, not one place turned us down. Some even gave more than we asked. Rebecca Butler heard about Robert’s wish and started gathering items for him, too.
When Robert’s family arrived to look around, he was wearing his Make-A-Wish shirt. When I met him later at Sail Acadia, he was excited to tell me that everyone in town knew his name. That made him feel quite special.
He loved the experience on the lobster boat. The entire family couldn’t say enough good things about Capt. Dan Lunt and his wife Linda. Another nice surprise was the U.S. Coast Guard escorting their boat back to the dock. When they went to Beal’s Lobster Pier for dinner, the Coast Guard crew was there to welcome them and give them a tour of their ship. And the Southwest Harbor Police were there and presented the family with D.A.R.E. caps.
The owner and crew of Beal’s took the family on a tour of the restaurant and showed them all that happens to make a lobster dinner. While their dinner was cooking, some local boys took Robert and his brother and cousin fishing off the pier. A local business gave each of the three a new fishing pole.
When it came time for the family to leave town, I offered to mail all of Robert’s gifts home for him, but no way was that going to happen! He loved everything he received that day and wanted to take it all home to Oklahoma on the plane.
To top off the day, the Southwest Harbor Fire Department gave Robert and his brother and cousin a ride to the Thompson Island Visitor Center on the ladder truck. I don’t think Robert ever quit smiling!
When Maine Make-A-Wish children go somewhere for their wish, I hope they are treated with such kindness and caring as the people of Southwest Harbor showed the Boren family. They will never forget this adventure.