Cancer patient gets an audience with Allison the sea turtle

Sep. 28—SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Allison swam to the edge of her tank, peering closely at her visitor.

Allison, a green sea turtle with a prosthetic fin who lives at Sea Turtle, Inc., seemed to know, as animals so often do, that she and Katelyn Huchin shared a common bond.

And she was right.

Katelyn, 23, was in a wheelchair, and she’d traveled from San Antonio with her family and care team on Sept. 24 to visit a part of nature she has always loved.

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Katelyn’s trip to see Allison began five years ago, when physicians diagnosed the San Antonio resident with kidney cancer, said Holly Titsworth, public relations manager for AccentCare. The hospice and palliative care provider arranged Katelyn’s trip to Sea Turtle Inc.