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Published on Jan 24, 2014
Little Marcus Smith was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia at age five. During the week of his 7th birthday, his wish to become a merman and meet a real mermaid came true with Make-A-Wish of Orange County, CA! In this heartwarming video, watch Marcus and his family as they embark on an unforgettable day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Marcus receives a custom merman tail of his dreams from Eric Ducharme, the Mertailor, and is surprised by a meeting with Mermaid Linden at the Tropical Reef Habitat and Shark Lagoon!
Poem and Video created by Linden Wolbert and www.MermaidsinMotion.com
Wish granted by: Make-A-Wish of Orange County and the Inland Empire
Make-A-Wish Fairies: Kelly Moran & Rachel Dyer
Wish Hosted by: Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA
Still Photographs by Mystic Lake Photography: Johné Johnson & Duane Terkildsen
Underwater and Topside Videographer/ Safety Diver: Josef Prola
Special thanks to EVERYONE at the Aquarium of the Pacific who helped make this wish so fun and magical for Marcus! An ocean of thanks to: Adrian Samora, Paul Dimeo, Stacey Koupal, Nicole Leier, Michele Sousa, Marilyn Padilla, Cecile Fisher, Claire Atkinson, and everyone at Cafe Scuba and SAVOR.
Custom Merman tail created by Eric Ducharme the Mertailor
The Mermaid's Tale book written by Laura S. & William L.B. Wharton
And most of all to Marcus: You make us all realize that wishes DO come true :)