Nick Wolf is a normal 9-year-old, as normal as you can be when you are a kid fighting cancer.
Chemotherapy, radiation and brain surgery have brought the fourth grader lots of headaches, the kind that make
him long for a little freedom.
"He cannot participate in sports. He has a port implanted under his chest so he can receive
his chemotherapy," said Christina Wolf, his mother.
Pirates don't have rules, which is why Nick is setting sail on the Jose Gaspar.
Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Pirate Todd Burnett delivered Nick and his family an invitation for the Saturday ride.
"I am sure you will return home with your pirate chest full of treasure," Nick said as he read aloud the invitation.
The goal is for Nick to be a pirate if only for a day.
"I feel good about that, you know? It's actually pretty cool," Wolf said.
Then the goal is to be a normal boy with a lot fewer "can'ts."
Saturday afternoon, pirates part of Ye Mystic Krewe took Nick out on their pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla.
Nick fired cannons and steered the ship around the bay.
It was a day of smiles, a priceless treasure.