A Kailua boy's illness prevented him from enjoying the beach ... until now

A Kailua boy's illness prevented him from enjoying the beach ... until now
(Image: Make-A-Wish Hawaii)
(Image: Make-A-Wish Hawaii)

KAHALA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the help of the Make-A-Wish Hawaii foundation and Reyn Spooner, a Kailua teen is once again able to enjoy his love for the beach.

Jake, 17, was born with an endocrine disorder that required him to depend on a wheelchair. He loves the beach, but his old wheelchair didn't work on the sand.

This week, Jake's wish was granted. Through donations from Reyn Spooner and other partners, Jake was presented with an all-terrain wheelchair that's rugged enough to operate on the sand.

The presentation was made on the shoreline behind the Kahala Hotel and Resort where Jake and his family was given a tour and watched a dolphin show demonstration.

"This wish has truly changed Jake's life, giving him the ability to do something many of us take for granted here in Hawaii: enjoying time at the beach. Now, Jake has the freedom and independence to go whenever he wants and to spend more quality time with his family and friends," Arden Salassa, corporate relations manager at Make-A-Wish Hawaii said.

Adding to the special wish, the brand-new wheelchair was painted purple — his favorite color.

"We were inspired by Jake's positive attitude and desire to enjoy his backyard beach," said Lynne Koplin, CEO of Reyn Spooner. "It was extremely special for us to share the Aloha spirit and help make his wish come true. We hope that Jake will now get to spend many hours wheeling along the sand and creating special memories with his friends and family."

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