Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tucson boy's wish to 'hug a penguin' comes true

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Oct 19, 2014
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - All Omar Casas Varela could think about two weeks ago was what a hug from a penguin might feel like. "I think they're going to be so soft," he said at a farewell party hosted by Make-a-Wish Arizona. 
The young boy has a life-threatening illness that requires him to receive a blood transfusion every two weeks, but his family says the one thing that gets him through all those doctor appointments is his love for these aquatic animals.

"He likes that the penguins are like a family like us," said Omar's mother Vanessa Molina. Make-a-Wish Arizona volunteers said Omar's wish to "hug a penguin" was unusual, but they knew they had to make it happen. So when they scheduled the family's vacation, they left room for two whole days behind the scenes at Seaworld in Orlando, Florida. Watch the video above to see Omar's wish come true!


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