Bucksport teen Hawaii-bound as Make-a-Wish dream comes true

Posted April 29, 2014, at 5:28 a.m.
Last modified April 29, 2014, at 5:45 a.m.

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Bye bye Bucksport, aloha Hawaii! A Bucksport teenager and his family are heading to Oahu on Friday as part of a dream being realized by Make-A-Wish Maine, Make-A-Wish Hawaii and several other sponsors.

Josh Martin, 13, is leaving Friday for the sunny beaches of Hawaii, where he will learn surf.

Going along with him on the adventure are his parents, Jeannie and Bryan Littlefield, and his 16-year-old sister, Emily Martin, he said.

Martin said Monday that he was diagnosed with myosarcoma, a type of cancer that affects muscle tissue, about 2½ years ago and that he is now in remission.

The trip to Hawaii will provide a first for Martin, a student at Bucksport Middle Middle School who participates in football, cheering, track and drama, among other activites.

“I’ve never been surfing,” he said. “I’ve never even seen a surfboard in person. It just looks cool.”

The teenager’s dream came true is the result of a team effort by Make-A-Wish, Adopt-A-Wish sponsor Day’s Jewelers in Bangor, Jewelers for Children, Avis, US Airways, Hans Hedermann Surf, Leis of Hawaii, Sea Breeze Watersports, Sheraton Waikiki, Turtle Bay Resort and volunteer wish granters. Day’s Jewelers threw a send-off luau-themed party for Martin on Friday.