A Memory to Last a Lifetime - My Family Travels

Some trips are worth remembering and others are just a vague memory. My trip to Hawaii however, is far from vague. About three years ago, my brother was diagnosed with brain cancer. He was only ten years old when he heard of his awful sickness. Just hearing the word "cancer" made my family think it was over. Fortunately, he stayed strong and never gave up hope. It was a long gruesome year with intense rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Thankfully, in the end, everything paid off. After my brother was cured, he had people talking to him left and right. He was Mr. Popular to say the least. The Make a Wish Foundation came to talk with him one day to ask him his one wish. His very first wish was to be a professional baseball player. Unfortunately, that wish wasn't possible, so he settled on a trip to Hawaii with his family. Well, Wish granted. My family of five was being sent to Oahu, Hawaii, all expenses paid. It was the opportunity of a lifetime.

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On our trip to Hawaii we hiked Diamond Head, snorkeled the beautiful reefs, parasailed, and swam with dolphins. It was by far the most extraordinary place I had ever seen. The natural beauty of authentic Hawaii was very surreal. I felt like I was in a dream half of the time I was there. If I had to tell you what I liked least about the trip, it would have to be the eight hour flight. Other than that, there wasn't anything that wasn't far from fabulous. In fact, the best part of my trip was getting to swim with the dolphins. That was what my brother was looking forward to the most and getting to see him so happy was icing on the cake.

This trip was the most memorable trip I have ever been on because of how close together it brought my family. You begin to realize how important families are after almost losing a member from a deadly disease. It meant so much to me to be a part of such a great experience. I am a changed person after taking this trip. I have realized there are more important things in life than just material items and the places you've been. Family is what matters most in my eyes and that is what made my trip to Hawaii a success. I will treasure my time spent on this past vacation for the rest of my life.

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