Make-A-Wish helps 5-year-old Maine boy’s dreams come true at Mystic Aquarium

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MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — A five-year-old from Maine was able to live out his lifelong dream at Mystic Aquarium Friday.

Jackson Corbeau has battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for the last two and a half years. He wanted to meet a penguin in real life and he was able to do so right here at Mystic Aquarium, where the Make-A-Wish Foundation allowed him to become an official penguin handler for the day.

The stuffed pink penguin he brought with him to Mystic has gotten him through some pretty tough times. He has had numerous treatments, which have sometimes been painful and scary.

“At the beginning of treatment, there was a point where he stopped walking. He had to learn how to walk again,” said Beth Corbeau, Jackson’s mother.

Now, Jackson is just 10 days away from his final chemotherapy treatment, and his wish to meet a real-life penguin has come true.

“Is this a real penguin?” Jackson asked. “Pinch me. Pinch me. Am I dreaming?” he said, evoking laughs. 

He and his family will take home memories of this penguin encounter along with a personalized souvenir made by Green Red, which created a penguin painting just for Jackson.

“It’s absolutely incredible with everything he [has] been through,” said Beth, who was glad to see her son so happy.

After Jackson and the penguin bonded, he was able to go to the Penguin Pavilion to help release his new friend back into its habitat.

“The best day ever,” he said.

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