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    Photo Captions:
    1.) Volunteer John and buddy Perla with their silly hats.
    2.) Volunteer Liz and Cecy are all smiles.
    3.) Lucero gets to touch a beluga whale.
    4.) Ivan and Mike Dee are ready to start the day.
    5.) Volunteers Patti and Monica at the Sea World show.
    6.) Big Adventure kids: Adrian, Cecy, Ivan and Gabriella.
    7.) Jeslyn up close with a beluga whale.
    8.) Big hat… Bigger Adventure. Benjamin and Isabel.
    9.) Big Adventure kids stick together to help each other out.
  10.) Jonathon's smile says it all.
  11.) Isabel having the time of her life.
  12.) Big Adventure kids getting up close to a live alligator.
  13.) Cheers to Shamu and a fun day at Sea World.
  14.) They aren't staring at our disability, they're staring at our crazy hats!
  15.) Isabel's first time on a Merry-Go-Round.
  16.) So much to see and do… Gotta stay hydrated!
  17.) Ruby and Mike Dee share a hug.
  18.) Volunteer Ana and Isabel.
  19.) Perla, Edgar and Adrian waiting for the next big surprise.
  20.) The kids had fun picking out their crazy hats.
  Each year in July, the "Big Adventure" kids start their morning on the radio as special guests of Power 102. After finishing the radio show, the children and the volunteer chaperons board a privately chartered bus and head down I-10 toward San Antonio. The excitement is always palpable as the kids anticipate an assortment of fun-filled excursions awaiting them during their two day, parent-free getaway in the Alamo City.

First on the agenda is a day at Sea World. The children get to enjoy all the park's rides, shows and exhibits to include participation in a special program allowing them actual contact with beluga whales, sea lions, starfish and a assortment of other sea life. The kids will also catch an exclusive show featuring Shamu while enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet in a pool side area normally restricted to trainers and animal caretakers.

Day two brings a trip to Morgan's Wonderland, the first park of its kind in the world specifically designed for the recreation and enjoyment of individuals with special needs. Serving as a haven not only for those with special needs but also for their families and friends, Morgan's ultra-accessible 25-acre park is full of of rides, attractions and activities where all ages and abilities can come together and play in a fun and safe environment.

Interspersed throughout the trip are loads of other delightful activities making the adventure even more memorable. Lots of shopping, catered theme meals, a magic show and a private tour of the San Antonio River Walk are all included at no cost to the kids or their parents. Everything is provided for on Mike Dee's Big Adventure… from the transportation, lodging and meals to the park fees, wardrobe (t-shirts, ball caps, backpacks) and souvenir purchases. All the kids need to do is show-up and have fun. ///
2011 - Volume 2 Issue 2
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Article: Jim Widby
Photo Courtesy: Mike Dee
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Mike Dee's Big Adventure is a non-profit organization focused on giving special needs children a vacation they will remember for the rest of their lives. With the assistance of El Paso's Region 19, Power 102 FM and other members of the community, the "Big Adventure" orchestrates an annual trip to San Antonio, Texas for these extraordinary kids with disabilities to see places and do things they otherwise may never have the opportunity to experience first hand. For many of these children, the Big Adventure is an early taste of independence and an opportunity to spread their wings by focusing on their abilities rather than their disabilities.

The organization is the vision of Mike Dee, a radio disc jockey who also happens to be visually impaired and knows a thing or two about children with special needs. The main goal of the non-profit is teaching these kids that they can depend on themselves and to not always rely on the assistance of others. When asked what the kids take away from the trip, Mike responds "Well, they learn that there's a bigger world out there and that they can be a part of it. Some of these kids have never left El Paso or Mom & Dad and this is a chance for them to realize they can be on their own, independent and successful."

Mike Dee's Big Adventure is currently preparing for their fourth annual trip to take place in July of 2012. Donations for this cause are accepted at the Chase Bank on Joe Battle and Montwood under "Mike Dee's Big Adventure." If you would like more information about the organization or would like to volunteer to help this worthy cause which has successfully fulfilled the dreams of many special needs kids, contact Mike Dee at the website listed below.
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