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I wish to go on an outdoor adventure

  • Sabrina and her new goat friend

  • Sabrina at Centennial Farm

  • Sabrina and family with HB Mermaids

  • Sabrina swimming with Mermaid Flower

  • Sabrina enjoying her private tour at OC Fair

  • Making a new friend at the petting zoo

  • Sabrina and her new mermaid friends

A wish experience filled with animals, mermaids and more!

Five-year-old Sabrina loves the outdoors – or as her family describes, she “loves getting her hands dirty!” But when she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015, her time in the outdoors became limited as her world turned into a daily fight. In 2018, after a long battle, Sabrina and her family celebrated the end of her treatment with her granted wish trip to go on an outdoor adventure.

In August of 2018, they packed their bags and headed out to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa! In store for them was a week-long wish trip filled with many of Orange County’s most exciting activities! 

Her week of outdoor fun began with a private farm experience at the Orange County Fair. Before the fair opened, Sabrina and her family were treated to a private tour of the Centennial Farm, a three-acre working farm that’s home to an array of livestock as well as fruit and vegetable gardens.

For a girl with a deep love for animals, it was a dream come true. During her treatment, Sabrina’s two dogs had brought her comfort. Now, a whole farm of animals waited eagerly to meet her, including chicks, cows, rabbits, goats, pigs, and even a camel!

Sabrina’s additional activities during her wish week included an exciting trip to Knott’s Berry Farm to experience its attractions and historic exhibits, a thrilling dinner at Medieval Times and an authentic Gondola Getaway ride along the canals of Naples Island in Long Beach.

But the best was yet to come.

On the last day of her trip and with the help of HB Mermaids, Sabrina was surprised with an opportunity to swim with real-life mermaids! There was even time for an under-sea tea party during which one of the mermaids loaned her crown to Sabrina so she could be the party’s honorary mermaid! The entire experience brought her favorite movie The Little Mermaid to life!

Sabrina’s fun-filled week is one that she and her family will always remember. Thank you to the Orange County Fair, HB Mermaids, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and all those involved with making her most heartfelt wish so spectacular!

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

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