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Cole: I wish to go to Aruba

  • Cole at the beach

  • Cole & family

  • Cole and his fresh lobster dinner

“ Having a week together with no distractions was absolutely wonderful. ”


- Kelly, Cole's mom

Cole is an outgoing child who loves to play hockey. However, he was sidelined from playing hockey when he received the devastating diagnosis of cancer. Instead of playing hockey, Cole endured surgery, chemotherapy treatments and countless tests.

It has been hard for his mom to watch her sweet boy fight for his life. “I wish that I could take this all away for Cole. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it better,” said Cole’s mom, Kelly. When Cole learned his wish was coming true, it was the perfect day to get the news. It had been a long week after the last day of his chemotherapy.

Shortly after Christmas last year, Cole was able to set aside his worries when his wish to go to Aruba came true. “We did a lot of exploring, hiking, animal encounters, and he fell in LOVE with snorkeling and the ocean,” Kelly said. “The best part of the trip was that we were able to spend an entire week together just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Having a week together with no distractions was absolutely wonderful.”

Cole’s wish not only brought joy but also hope to him and his family. His wish to go to Aruba gave him something to look forward to while dealing with the challenges of his illness. “We had such an amazing time. It has been a little overwhelming to put into words how special this was for not only Cole, but for our entire family,” Kelly said. “The trip was PERFECT. It was 100% the trip of a lifetime and will hold a huge place in our hearts forever.”

Today, you will find Cole back on the ice, playing hockey. He is busy in school. His latest scans are clear, and he is happy 7th grader.

A huge thank you to Sun Country Airlines® for helping grant wishes for Minnesota kids like Cole. Sun Country Airlines has long been a consistent supporter of Make-A-Wish® Minnesota, working together to help hundreds of Minnesota wish kids reach the destination of their one true wish. Thank you, Sun Country Airlines, for your continuous dedication and generous support.



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