|Published:||May 07, 2011 11:36 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 07, 2011 8:38 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- The U.S. Coast Guard gave families of kids with cancer a VIP tour of their station on Fort Myers Beach this morning.
"Awesome," said Gabriel Bateham, 7, about being on the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin.
Bateham told WINK News he wants to join the U.S. Coast Guard one day.
"Because I like the ocean so much and boats," he said.
In 2006, Bateham was diagnosed with Leukemia. However, he has now been cancer-free for five years.
"Candlelighters [of Southwest Florida] has been a support for us because they give us a chance to do some of the fun things that we don't get a chance to do," said Laxmi Seth, Bateham's mother.
Today's fun activity was made possible by the Candlelighters of Southwest Florida, an organization that supports families battling the illness.
"We create memories for the children. Instead of them being at the hospital, or the clinic, they are able to come here and just have a day of fun," said Klair Snellbaker, the founder of the organization.
Snellbaker started the group after she lost her daughter to cancer several years ago. Snellbaker told WINK News she wanted to help other families going through similar experiences.
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