Make-A-Wish sends local boy to Caribbean

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Oakbrook -- A Vancouver 11-year-old's dream to go on a Caribbean cruise was granted by the Make-A-Wish organization.

Grant Jensen went on a seven-day cruise with his family in January.

He is living with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that is most common in teens. The American Cancer Society says there are about 800 new cases of osteosarcoma in the United States each year, with 400 of those in children.

Jensen's wish was sponsored by United Healthcare through its alliance with Make-A-Wish, which works to honor the requests of children with life-threatening medical conditions. United Healthcare has spent millions to help grant more than 1,250 wishes since 2007, according to a press release. Jensen's cruise provided a number of entertaining activities for the boy, including a rock wall that he scaled. Besides travel, Jensen is also a fan of Star Wars, soccer and Skittles.