Three-year-old Grayson Wentworth of Verona Island and his family enjoyed a surprise Paw Patrol-themed beach picnic last week where Grayson learned he had been gifted a pop-up camper courtesy of Make-A-Wish Maine. MAKE-A-WISH MAINE PHOTO

Boy’s camping dream granted

VERONA ISLAND – Grayson Wentworth, 3, of Verona Island loves Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, all the colors of the rainbow and his family.

Unlike most other children his age, he is at the midpoint of cancer treatment. During this hard time, he and his family were treated to some special news during a surprise Paw Patrol-themed picnic at the beach. Awaiting Grayson at home was his very own pop-up camper courtesy of Make-A-Wish Maine.

Also included in the wish package was a variety of camping gear and an assortment of passes to Maine campgrounds. Volunteers and Adopt-A-Wish partner VIP Tires & Service made Grayson’s camping wish come true.

Make-A-Wish Maine continues to see a flurry of gift and construction-oriented wishes this summer as travel considerations keep families at home. Some of these wishes include a schoolhouse, UTV, puppy, bulldozer playset and virtual shopping spree.

“Many of the children we work with feel isolated and disconnected due to their illness, treatments and hospitalizations,” said Kate Vickery, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Maine. “The pandemic makes this even more trying for them. We’re honored to continue to grant wishes like these during a time when wish kids need joy and positive distractions more than ever.”

Since 1992, Make-A-Wish Maine has granted 1,500 wishes to Maine children with critical illnesses. All money raised in Maine stays in Maine. All wish expenses are fully covered by Make-A-Wish and its sponsors. For more information, visit

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