Published: Mar 29, 2013 9:29 AM EDT

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) - A sport fishing trip off the Florida Keys for a 12-year-old Florida boy afflicted with a heart condition has become the 9,000th wish granted by Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.
    
Diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect, Michael LaMore, of Fort Pierce, chose the wish over others because of his love for the ocean and a desire to see sea creatures and tropical fish.
    
Some 62 Make-A-Wish organizations across the United States grant wishes to children who have life-threatening medical conditions. LaMore fished Thursday aboard a charter boat with his mother, grandmother and a cousin.
    
Besides the fishing trip, LaMore's wish experience included a snorkeling excursion, visiting Islamorada attractions and enjoying shopping at a local outdoors retailer.
    
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Online: Make-A-Wish South Florida, http://sfla.wish.org

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