Going on a fishing expedition to Alaska is many people’s dream come true and that also goes for one recipient of a trip from the Make-a-Wish Foundation who spent last week in Kodiak.
Make-a-Wish America is a nonprofit that fulfills the dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and one Wisconsin seventeen-year-old, Logan, wished to fish in Kodiak.
Chastity McCarthy, executive director of Discover Kodiak, says the foundation reached out to her organization in February and they worked together with other members of the community to give Logan a memorable trip.
She says Discover Kodiak wanted to make a grand gesture, but wasn’t sure how to go about it, especially because Logan wants to keep his condition relatively private.
“Make-a-Wish said, you know, it might be really fun to have a big community welcome and tell everyone to leave their cameras at home, but also just come out and enjoy Logan and meet him and say hi and welcome him to the community. So, we organized a little greeting for the community and that was Logan’s arrival on Monday. We had a turnout of about 45 people. He got lots of free sweatshirts and goodies and there’s lots of big welcome signs, and I think the family really enjoyed that.”
She says Logan spent four nights at the Wilderness Beach Lodge in Port Lions, where he went boat and stream fishing, and was in Kodiak Friday to get his fill of stream fishing in town. He flew off the island Saturday.