Teen battling kidney disease gets dream boat

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A 17-year-old Kennebunk, Maine, student in need of a kidney transplant was all smiles on Monday when he received his dream boat, , through Portland Yacht Services and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Houle got the royal treatment Monday as he was escorted in an SUV limousine to Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, which served Houle’s favorite meal of prime rib for lunch at the station followed by a tour.

Then, Houle was taken to Portland Yacht Services where his boat — a Carolina Skiff J 1450 named Ethan’s Wish — was waiting.

An avid boater, along with his mom Teresa Houle, Ethan Houle said being on the water “takes you away from everything,” reports the York County Coast Star.

“I look forward to going for a ride soon,” he said, looking at the boat with bench seating and enough room on the bow for his dog Toby.