BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) —
A 17-year-old girl battling cancer is in South Florida this afternoon thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Mya Lambert loves studying ocean life.
The beach in Boca Raton is a long haul from North Dakota, but this is where the sea turtles are and working with them was Lambert’s wish.
“Some of the turtles that they find during the day, they bring them here, and then at night they release them,” Lambert said.
Lambert is handling rescued sea turtles at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
The teen has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma– which weakens her immune system– and that’s part of the reason she feels so strongly for the turtles that have been struck by boats or stuck in nets.
“We helped the wounds they have here,” Lambert said.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation flew Lambert in for a three day experience.
Rather than doing a “Finding Nemo” ride at Disney, Lambert wanted a real life encounter, but because turtles are federally protected, only those with permits can handle them.
The Manager of Gumbo Limbo got Lambert added to their permit.
She says she liked working with the injured baby turtles, and she sees a lot of strength and resilience in them.
The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 16 hours, at an average cost of $5,000 each, for children in 13 Florida counties and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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