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Six year old boy granted a pirate treasure hunt after battling cancer

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 6:16 PM CDT
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CAMP HELEN STATE PARK, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It was all hands on deck Friday morning for a Texas family at Camp Helen State Park, where six-year-old Nikhil Shah’s pirate dreams came true with a treasure hunt lead by real-life buccaneers.

Nikil had the opportunity to dig for hidden treasure throughout the beach with pirates helping him along the way.

This was the one wish Nikhil was granted from the Make-A-Wish.

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“When we got asked to volunteer, we got some of the crew to come out here on the white beautiful beaches and just have a good time with him, helping him find all of the treasures. I believe the lad found 9 different treasures,” Del McRea is also known as Captain Ransom the Captain of the Pirates of the White Sands said.

Nikhil is not just any six-year-old pirate. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2020. His family said they caught it early all because his sister Nina picked him up at a restaurant and he fell ill.

“When we went to the hospital where they did imaging, that is where they found his Wilms tumor which is in your kidney,” Lea Shah, Nikhil’s mom, said.

After removing the tumor and going through treatment, Nikhil is now celebrating recovery through laughter, fun in the sun, and finding hidden treasure.

“He is super healthy he is laughing and smiling and waking up every day ready to go,” Nikhil’s mom said.

Nikhil will be considered in remission for the next few years until he can be declared cancer-free.

The Shah family also mentioned they are wanting to get involved with the Make-A-Wish to help other families in the future.

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