An evening at home led to the discovery of pediatric melanoma on Simon’s arm when he was 9.
Fortunately things started looking better following a year of shot therapy. He then started a 5-year plan for skin checks and general well being. His family feels fortunate that treatments and surgery did not completely take away his everyday life.
Simon and his sister had talked about wanting to go on a cruise before discussing it as a wish option with Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina. His mom said he loves the water and likes to explore and learn new things.
Simon’s favorite moment of his cruise wish was when the captain of the Royal Caribbean ship spent about 45 minutes with him on the bridge. His mom said he was fascinated and that “going on the bridge is at the top of his list.”
“It was a great time for us as a family, to get away and experience something new and not worry about the stress of everyday life and to be together,” said Simon’s mom.