Water Boy

Colton mittman

“Colton was in paradise the second that his feet hit the sand and water”

Colton was born at 25 weeks and weighed a mere 1 pound. He has since been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Currently 6 years old, Colton is just now starting to walk a little. He uses a walker to help him keep his balance but requires a wheelchair-stroller for long distances. Colton goes to school and receives speech, occupational, and physical therapy. He wears braces on his legs and contacts in his eyes. Colton is non-verbal and uses pictures to communicate. More than anything Colton loves to swim and spend time in the water.Colton mittman at the beach

With this information in mind, Kids Wish Network sent Colton on a dream vacation to the beaches of Clearwater & St. Petersburg in sunny Florida. The tranquil breezes, warm gulf waters, and powder-white sand provided the perfect backdrop for a trip-of-a-lifetime. Swimsuit ready and armed with buckets of beach toys, Colton could not have been happier once his feet hit the sand. He spent hours enjoying the gentle lapping of the waves and the feel of sand between his toes. Truly in paradise, Colton collected shells along the shore and saw wild dolphins swimming in the ocean.

KWN arranged for Colton and his family to stay at the Sirata Beach Resort, where a cooler full of candy, snacks, popcorn, and books awaited his arrival. Knowing how much Colton loves Curious George, KWN also had a cake prepared for him featuring the iconic monkey courtesy of A Special Touch – Cakes by Carolynn. With extra trips planned to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and Great Explorations Children’s Museum on his itinerary, Colton’s Wish was full of fun activities.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following Guardian Angel sponsors for participating in Colton’s wish:

• Sirata Beach Resort
• Enterprise Rent-A-Car
• A Special Touch – Cakes by Carolynn
• Clearwater Marine Aquarium
• Ron Jon Surf Shop
• Crabby Bills
• Great Explorations Children’s Museum
• Sunken Gardens
• Snapper’s Sea Grill
• Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
• Rent-A-Character
• Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.