Pleased to meet you . . . Shannon Springer makes a new friend at the Pet Porpoise Pool this week.
Pleased to meet you . . . Shannon Springer makes a new friend at the Pet Porpoise Pool this week.

Dolphins at home with Shannon



Young Shannon Springer was the happiest girl in the world at Coffs Harbour's Pet Porpoise Pool on Wednesday.

The Tasmanian six-year-old had her wish granted to swim with the dolphins, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Shannon, who has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, was flown to Coffs Harbour along with her parents and her two brothers and two sisters.

When the Foundation asked her in December what her most cherished wish was, she didn't hesitate in saying it was the chance to swim with the dolphins.

She felt right at home in the water this week, while her bedroom walls are plastered with images of dolphins at play.

Shannon has spent the past 10 months watching the planes fly over her backyard, anticipating the day when she and her family could take off on their holiday.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of young people with life-threatening illnesses.

There are no waiting lists for a wish, and eligibility is determined by the treating medical specialist.

Coffs Harbour branch president, Laurie Jackson, said local volunteers were experiencing strong support from the local community.



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