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West Maui small businesses make a young woman’s dream come true

By Staff | Dec 10, 2015

Tracie Mills and her mother, Teresa, are pictured at beautiful Kaanapali Beach at sunset.

WEST MAUI – Several West Maui local business owners recently came together and partnered with the Dream Foundation to make one young woman’s dream a reality.

Tracie Mills, a 31-year-old resident of Porter, Texas, has terminal leukemia, and her one final wish was to go on a vacation to Maui with her mother, Teresa.

They spent eight nights at the Aina Nalu Resort in Lahaina, courtesy of Angela and Michael Leone, owners of Coconut Condos.

Angela reached out to some friends in the community to join her in making Tracie and Teresa’s stay one that they both will cherish.

Wendy Pogni, owner of Soleil Luna, generously donated pedicures for Tracie and her mom.

Angela Leone (left) took Tracie Mills to Soleil Luna to enjoy a pedicure.

Chef Jojo Vasquez, executive chef at Plantation House Restaurant, provided a stunning breakfast for the two women.

“It was an honor to meet and get to know Tracie and Teresa and hear their story. Dream Foundation is such an amazing organization to offer us the opportunity to partner with them to make Tracie’s dream come true,” commented Angela.

Tracie had hoped to hire a professional photographer to take some lasting photos of her and her mom on Kaanapali Beach at sunset.

When she wasn’t able to find one at the last minute, Angela met her down at the beach with her camera and took photos.

Tracie wrote, “My eyes fill with tears of joy when I think of all your generosity and how it gave my mom and I so much time together to enjoy such happy, wonderful, lasting memories, where we were able to almost forget for a minute about my diagnosis and how the doctor’s say it’s terminal!”

Dream Foundation is the only wish-granting organization in the nation for adults with life-threatening illnesses.

It is much like Make-A-Wish Foundation, but whereas most children choose Disney World as their trip of a lifetime, many adults desire to come to Maui for one last vacation.

Dream Foundation is made possible by donations and generous acts like the ones made by these West Maui business owners.

Coconut Condos will host another dream recipient on Dec. 17-24. Michael is a 49-year-old Washington man with terminal brain cancer.

Michael, who was diagnosed in December 2014, wrote, “My life was turned upside down.”

He and his wife, Katharine, are high school sweethearts and have been together for 32 years. They have lived comfortably for many years, but the high cost of treatment and mortgage payments have decimated their savings.

Michael hopes to return to a favorite family place – Maui – one last time. It is “like a home away from home for us,” he noted.

If you would like to partner with Coconut Condos to help make Michael’s dream come true, contact Angela Leone at angie@coconutcondos.com or (808) 419-1000.