Make-A-Wish Southern Florida Grants 9,000th Wish

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Fishing rod in hand, 12-year-old Michael LaMore of Fort Pierce angles like a pro, living out his dream, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“My wish was go to saltwater fishing to catch dolphin, go to the Florida Keys for the week,” LaMore said.

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LaMore gives each swing everything he's got, even though he suffers from a ventricular septal defect – a condition many know as a “hole in the heart.” The condition is often diagnosed at birth, and is treatable.

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Off the coast of Islamorada Thursday, LaMore and his loved ones were not the only ones celebrating.

“Michael's wish is our 9,000th,” said Richard Kelly of the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. “We're really proud of that milestone. Not too many chapters have achieved that."

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Though Michael's family was able to make the trip with him, he also picked a new family in the volunteers down in the Keys who helped provide food, shelter and the boat Michael took out.

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