Commander, Jeff Hutt, heard about Patrick’s wish to receive a catamaran from Children’s Wish, the choice that came out of his love for sailing and being on the water. Hutt thought this unique experience would be a great addition to Patrick’s wish and readily offered to organize this opportunity of a lifetime for him.
Prior to their departure for Halifax, Hutt said, “We are so excited to have Patrick and his family onboard. I personally love the idea that the crew will be able to experience the incredible power of the organization that they work year-round to support.”
Patrick suffers with Polyarticular Juvenile Arthritis, which causes joint stiffness and pain. He is an active sea cadet.
“When I found out that I would be going on the HMCS Charlottetown for a one-and-a-half-day trip it was a wonderful feeling. I felt like it was the best day of my life!” said Patrick. “Not many kids get to go on a naval ship. Even through cadets I would not be able to do something this large. It is an honour.”
A bagpiper played as Patrick made his way to the ship where Hutt present him with his own uniform, officially welcomed him aboard and escorted him to the berth of the ship. The staff of Children’s Wish – Prince Edward Island Chapter were also present for the ceremony.