Hannah, a 14-year-old from Fargo, lives with a neurological disorder that affects her brain, spinal cord, and nerves throughout her body. When Make-A-Wish® volunteers met with Hannah, who’s an avid Dolphin Tale fan, she wished to see Winter, the dolphin from the movie.
Winter’s home is at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. Hannah and her family traveled to Florida where they went on a “Behind the Scenes Tour” of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which consisted of seeing the animal food preparation area, the veterinary lab, the Surgical Suite and the animal rehabilitation areas.
After spending all day that the aquarium with many attempts to catch a glimpse of Winter, Hannah’s big moment finally came. When Hannah’s parents rolled her to the front of Winter’s tank, there was an instant connection between the two.
Winter swam over to Hannah and stayed by her side the rest of the time she was there. At this beautiful moment, Hannah’s mother said, “There was not a dry eye; even strangers got teared up.” While the now named “Winter moment” may be one of the highlights of the trip, the family also said they enjoyed visiting SeaWorld, swimming and spending time together as a family.
"No one gave up on Winter, and no one gives up on Hannah."
Brenda, Hannah's Mom