A thank-you to the people of Alaska

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2006

With the holiday season upon us, this is the perfect time of year to give thanks to all those who have helped us during the past months.

In August our family had the marvelous opportunity of having the Make-A-Wish foundation fulfill our son, Will’s, dream to fish in Alaska. They set up everything for our whole family to spend a week in your beautiful state on the Kenai Peninsula.

We were so impressed with your hospitality. When we arrived, we were greeted at the Anchorage airport by Camille Oliver, the wish manager, who had everything arranged for us.

Our first night we spent at the beautiful Westmark Hotel, where we were warmly welcomed by Dianne and gifted with books and candy. We then spent six nights at the lovely Soldotna Bed and Breakfast, hosted by Monica and Steve Anderson and their beautiful daughter, Erica. Everything was so well organized there. They set up all of our fishing trips. Our hardest job was to get up early enough to have their delicious breakfast before we headed out fishing.

We caught the fish and they took care of it from there. The fish were all filleted, frozen and boxed, ready to take on the plane.

Alyeska Ski Resort provided us with tickets for their tram ride. What an awesome view — a great experience on our final day.

We come from a tourist area in the Adirondacks in New York, so we know what it is like to sometimes want to say, “Will everyone just please go home and leave us in peace.” If you folks felt that way you certainly didn’t show it. From our hosts to the guides, salespeople, waitresses, airport workers and everyone we met, we received nothing but help and kindness. For that we thank you.

Will had Hodgkin’s lymphoma this past year. He is now in remission and doing well. After a difficult year it was wonderful to have such a fabulous vacation. Will caught some record-size fish — his dream come true — and had a great time. Thanks to Make-A-Wish and your hospitality, it was a time he will always remember and we as a family have memories we will cherish forever.

Judy Thompson

and the Will Thompson family

Paradox, N.Y

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