Wish comes true for little Lola
9:02am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A YOUNG Barry girl who was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of four has seen her dream of becoming a mermaid come true.
Lola Owens, eight, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of four and always dreamed of being a mermaid.
Her wish has now been realised by a charity who flew her to Tenerife to swim with dolphins.
Now in good health following two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy, Lola and her family were treated to the trip by the Round Table Children's Wish Charity.
Mum Lisa, dad Christopher and brother Alexander, now 13, from Barry, were told that Lola’s leukaemia was “high risk” and during her treatment she was unable to travel far, so the holiday came as a welcome surprise for the whole family.
At the water park Lola swam with dolphins and even befriended a sea lion who gave her a kiss.
Mum Lisa said: “It was amazing, everyone was so kind. It was priceless, absolutely priceless.
“Lola’s dream was to be a mermaid and after swimming with the dolphins she really feels like she has been one.
“While she was having treatment we were in hospital up to four times a week at times and weren't able to have holidays, so this was a lovely reward. When she was poorly we had braced ourselves for the worst.
“Round Table Children’s Wish arranged everything for us including VIP treatment at the animal park, and Lola spent nearly an hour with the dolphins.
“They swam with her, danced with her and propelled her through the water. She is a good swimmer and a bit of a water baby and had a wonderful time.”
Cathy White from the charity said: “It was a real pleasure to make Lola’s wish come true and after what she went through she deserved a special treat.”