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Dolphin swimming dream comes true

Dream trip: Aibgail Cook is to swim with dolphins in Florida after her fundraising campaign hit its �10,000 target.

Dream trip: Aibgail Cook is to swim with dolphins in Florida after her fundraising campaign hit its �10,000 target.

A BRAVE girl with an incurable disease looks set to finally see her dream come true – when she swims with dolphins in America.

Seven-year-old Abigail Cook, from Warmsworth, has been diagnosed with Batten Disease, a rare terminal condition which could also lead to her losing her mobility and sight.

When doctors told Abigail and her family she may not live to see her 14th birthday, the youngster set up a bucket list of things she wanted to achieve and put swimming with dolphins in Orlando, Florida at the top.

Thanks to fund-raising efforts, the Abigail Cook Wishlist has hit the £10,000 target needed for the trip, and the family will be making a two-week trip to Florida next month.

Dad Martin Cook, aged 44, said the family was grateful to everyone who had helped raise money.

Ahead of her trip next month little Abigail was overjoyed to receive a surprise package from SeaWorld, Orlando, which included a SeaWorld bag, dolphin travel pillow and cuddly penguin toy.

Martin said: “Christmas was a difficult time for the family because we just don’t know if she’ll get to see another one.

“So the news that we’ll get to make the trip to Orlando so soon has come at a good time.”

The family received a blow earlier this month when they were told Abigail’s health was deteriorating faster than expected at an appointment with her neurologist.

Despite the bad news, Martin said he, Abigail’s mum Lindsey, 35, and her big brother Oliver, 11, were going to try and stay positive for Abigail and make sure their trip to Florida was the best family holiday ever.

Abigail still has other wishes she wants to make come true.
They include taking a family holiday to Tenerife because that’s the last family holiday she remembers.

Fundraising efforts for Abigail’s Wishlist continue with staff and gym members from Fitness Flex in High Fishergate taking part in a bikeathon.

They will ride the equivalent distance from Doncaster to London and back today.

 

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