A Bellevue boy who never had a bad day even though he was battling cancer gets his final request. Isaac Hall's family takes a trip to see the ocean again in Florida.
"Here's the Nick Hotel," says Travis Hall, Isaac's father.
Vacation usually comes with just one requirement - make sure it doesn't feel like work.
"Hi," says Abram, Isaac's younger brother.
"It's Day One of our Florida trip," says Evelyn Hall, Isaac's older sister.
The Hall family of Bellevue packed as much as they could into their six days.
Slime drenched the children.
Mom swam with the dolphins.
Dad floored it on the go-cart track.
"Right now we're in Cocoa Beach," says Evelyn.
The beach turned out to be the most irresistible place.
"This is the morning of Isaac's birthday. It's July 7," says Isaac's mother Carla who agreed to document their journey on our video camera in order to share his story. "This is the view from our hotel room. A beautiful sunrise. It's absolutely gorgeous."
Isaac Hall isn't here though. He died seven months ago.
"He always said we needed to go back someday," says his father.
June 2006 - Make-A-Wish sent Isaac, who has leukemia, and his family to Disney World. It was his first and last trip here.
Dad: "The ocean was his favorite out of the trip there. And we were only there for two hours."
Mom: "Anytime someone asked about the Make-a-Wish trip -- he always talked about the ocean."
His mind couldn't stop replaying the two hours soaking in the Atlantic Ocean. All that water - and the unknown - is a powerful draw for a child - especially one from the Midwest who's other love fits in better with his surroundings -- anything John Deere.
He wanted his funeral to be packed with the trademark colors -- green and yellow. But they remember that day more for a story than the attire.
He was two years into chemotherapy and his second grade teacher Mrs. Jaros gave him an assignment - "Write about a bad day you've had."
In January Pastor Glenn Harless of Thanksgiving! Lutheran in Bellevue said, "He approached his teacher after thinking for a few minutes and handed her a blank piece of paper and said, 'I've never had a bad day.'"
Mom: "To have him say that every day it made me want to be positive for him."
Isaac Hall didn't think like an 8-year old in a lot of ways. His requests went beyond the funeral.
"Isaac wanted his ashes spread here," says his sister from Cocoa Beach, Florida.
The ocean would be his final stop. "He said it was big like god and the coolest thing he ever saw," says his mom.
So on July 7 - the day he would have turned nine -- "We're on a boat now and we're about to spread Isaac's ashes into the ocean," says Evelyn.
Isaac's wish was near. Rough seas and an impending thunderstorm didn't allow for second thoughts.
"There you go Isaac. You're free in the water Cocoa Beach just like you wanted," says his mom.
Isaac's 11-year old sister Evelyn read the poem she wrote just for this moment. "Oh sweet boy. We're on your family joy. This was your wish to be with the fish. Now you're up high in the sky. This will be a memorable day down by the Florida Bay. Love you Isaac."
The kid that never had a bad day remembered and celebrated.
"There are definitely a lot of struggles in this world and so many bad things happening," says Isaac's mother. "I think if you're going to recognize those things you have to see the beauty that God offers us everyday as well. Happy Birthday Isaac."
The family planned several activities to go along with spreading Isaac's ashes -- so that his brother and sister would remember this trip for more than just the final request.