Michele found a purpose for the Aquarium beyond the typical use of a cultural institution. After she had a major surgery in 2000, she came here during her recovery process to enjoy the Aquarium’s peace and beauty. She started her visits in a wheelchair, progressing to a walker, followed by a cane for assistance, until finally the day came when Michele was able to walk again on her own.
“It was overwhelming to go through all that I did and still find beauty in what the Aquarium offered – what a way for me to heal,” Michele remembers. Now a proud charter member, Michele continues her routine visits with her great nephew, John William, in tow.
Her bond with John William centers on their mutual love for the Aquarium. Their frequent visits are commemorated by the numerous photos taken as they enter, which Michele proudly displays on her nightstand. And Michele isn’t the only one who has achieved a goal at the Aquarium – John William learned to shag right by the shrimp shack and can now lead others on his own “from the mountains to the sea” through the Aquarium’s exhibits.
“This is a holy place,” Michele says, “and it’s not just what is within these walls.” After attending numerous releases of turtles rehabilitated by the Sea Turtle Hospital on Folly Beach, Michele has set her sights on a new goal – to see a sea turtle nest hatching.
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