Tristan is an energetic young teenager that has a passion for history and Polynesian culture. As an athlete, he plays football and lacrosse. He loves everything about being in the water, too, whether it be a beach, pool or lake.
In 2014, Tristan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. He spent eight months in the hospital receiving treatment, which made him unable to play the sports he loved or go in the water. Tristan spent much time thinking about his siblings, too. So when asked what his most heartfelt wish would be, he knew he wanted to go to Hawaii with his whole family.
The family landed in Hawaii and Tristan was so excited. Upon arrival, everything exceeded expectations from the lei ceremony to the hotel. He could hardly wait to get started with all of the fun activities planned for him, especially getting back into the ocean.
Tristan swam in the ocean every single day of the trip. He was able to visit the Polynesian Culture Center, attend a luau, swim with dolphins and so much more. His favorite part was when he went cage diving with sharks. His mom, Kirsten, noted that the trip was an incredible experience for him and something much needed after treatment. The whole family enjoyed accompanying Tristan on all of his adventures.
“The kids got to spend time together and we got to bond as a family, it was incredible,” said Tristan’s mother. “The harmony in our home is different and great. We are so happy to all be back together again.”