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Dreams come true again, thanks to West Maui residents and businesses

By Staff | Feb 4, 2016

Angela Leone (left) and Lisa Meadows of Coconut Condos greet the Tallman family.

WEST MAUI – Coconut Condos owners Angela and Michael Leone are firm believers in giving back to those around them. They are committed to making a difference in their community both in their business and personal lives.

This past December, they were given the honor to host another Dream Foundation recipient, Michael Tallman, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2015.

His wish was to spend the holidays here on Maui with wife Tiffany, their ten-year-old daughter, Catherine, and Michael’s sister.

Michael calls Maui his home away from home, as he and his family have visited our beautiful island many times over the years. Michael was a high-level manager in the technology industry in Seattle prior to being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

After the last article printed in the Lahaina News regarding the Dream Foundation, many other local businesses came forward and offered to help give wings to the Tallmans’ dream.

Jenny Coon of Trilogy Excursions offered a discounted whale watch for the family of four, and Tere Patterson, local Maui resident, sponsored the remainder of the cost of the Tallmans’ whale watch.

Patterson lost her husband to cancer in 2013.

“I was very moved by the recent article in the Lahaina News. I lost my best friend and husband of 45 years to pancreatic cancer and MS in March 2013, so I know how devastating it is to get the bad news that your best friend has terminal cancer,” wrote Patterson.

The Leones donated a seven-night stay in their two-bedroom condo at Aina Nalu the week before Christmas. Angela also reached out to the developer of Aina Nalu and owner of the parking lot, who graciously offered to sponsor the daily parking fee for the family in an effort to keep their costs to a minimum.

Kirsten Robinson, sales and marketing coordinator, and Venus Yi, marketing manager, at the Montage Kapalua Bay generously donated and coordinated a dinner for two at Cane and Canoe restaurant, so that Michael and Tiffany could enjoy one last romantic date night on Maui.

Many other small businesses offered up their services as well; the Tallmans had to regretfully decline, as they were careful not to overschedule their trip due to Michael’s health status.

Angela and her owner relations manager, Lisa Meadows, had the opportunity to meet the Tallman family at their condo before their departure.

Tiffany shared with them how happy she was to have been able to return one last time as a family to their favorite West Maui beach with the “heart-shaped rock” and had a photo to remember and treasure this memory.

Tiffany hopes and prays that she and Michael will be able to celebrate their 50th birthdays together in March 2016.

“It’s very touching to be a part of someone’s wish; it puts everything into perspective and reminds us all how circumstances can change in an instant,” said Meadows.

The team at Coconut Condos feels blessed to have great partnerships with other local businesses, and they thanked all of the generous donors who contributed to make this happen.

Contact Angela at Coconut Condos at angie@coconutcondos.com or (808) 419-1000 if you are interested in learning more about The Dream Foundation and/or partnering with them in giving wings to more dreams.