Trumann child received wish

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Derek Bloodworth of Trumann recently had his biggest wish granted. During a Caribbean and fishing themed party, Bloodworth learned that he, his aunt and uncle and three cousins would be spending the Thanksgiving holiday aboard a luxury cruise ship island hopping around the Caribbean.

He was granted his wish through the Make-A-Wish foundation. All the money used was raised in Trumann at the roadblocks the city sets up and members of the Trumann Fire Department, Trumann Police Department, Trumann Water Works and other Trumann employees man.

Bloodworth, who had a heart transplant, chose to take his family on a fabulous trip, but another passion of his is fishing. He says he wants to be a professional fisherman when he grows up. Kerry Milner, a professional fisherman sponsored by Arkansas Ford Dealers, brought his fishing boat and more surprises for Bloodworth. Those surprises included a ton of fishing gear and a fishing trip with Milner.

Representatives from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission were also at the park and presented Bloodworth with even more fishing gear and two fishing trips. The Bass Pro Shop in Memphis sent more goodies including a cooler, tackle box and fishing poles. Fazoli's in Jonesboro provided a spaghetti supper with all the fixings.

The family will set sail on the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship on Monday, Nov. 21. They will visit ports of call in Key West, Cozumel and Belize City. Their activities will include fishing off Key West and a dolphin experience.

The entire trip is provided for the family at no cost to them. Everything has been paid for, down to film developing when they return home.

Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with life threatening illnesses. To learn about the organization visit or to nominate a child call 1-888-376-WISH.

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