Student awaiting kidney transplant receives Carolina Skiff

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A 17-year-old student in Kennebunk, Maine, who is in need of a kidney transplant was all smiles Monday when he received his dream boat through Portland Yacht Services and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Ethan Houle got the royal treatment as he was escorted in an SUV limousine to Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, which served his favorite meal of prime rib for lunch, followed by a tour of the station.

Then Houle was taken to Portland Yacht Services, where his boat — a Carolina Skiff J 1450 named Ethan’s Wish — was waiting.

An avid boater, along with his mother, Teresa, Ethan Houle said being on the water “takes you away from everything,” the York County Coast Star reports.

“I look forward to going for a ride soon,” he said, looking at the boat, which has bench seating and enough room on the bow for his dog, Toby.

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