About B Happy
B Happy was established as part of B the Difference in 2013 with the goal to provide all-inclusive hosted trips for selected NF recipients and their families. The B the Difference Board works with highly regarded NF doctors to select NF patients to be considered for this opportunity. The concept of this program is derived in Brandon Merritt’s memory and stems from his curiosity of adventure, love of the great outdoors and appreciation for the simple moments in life. B Happy allows participants the chance to escape hospital beds, routine tests, MRIs, chemotherapy and more to forget their everyday worries, while embarking on a journey they will never forget.
Learn more about previous B Happy recipients and their trips here!
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We offer B Happy trips to the following locations:
If you choose to travel to Colorado you have the choice to stay in Denver or Vail for the entirety of your stay, or you can spend time in both locations. Denver is the city center of Colorado and Vail is in the mountains about a two-hour drive from Denver.
Vail activities are seasonal. Summer activities include white water rafting, zip lining, Epic Discovery adventure park, horseback riding, paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, jeep tour etc.
Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida
While your main lodging will be in Fort Lauderdale, Miami is a quick 40-minute drive. Activities in South Florida include the beach/pool, The Jungle Queen Riverboat cruise and dinner, Miami Dolphins game, Miami Marlins game, a tour of Wynwood walls, Miami Seaquarium, the Frost Museum Science and aquarium, an Everglades boat tour etc.
Similar to Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Clearwater are close in distance so you can do activities in both areas. These include relaxing on pristine Clearwater beach, snorkeling and swimming, Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), the Sea Screamer dolphin watching speedboat ride, fishing, Tampa Bay Lightning game, Broadway show at the Straz Center, Croc Encounters and Big Cat Rescue. While Disney World and Universal Studios have been parts of trips in the past they are not a guaranteed activity and can only be offered if they fit within your trip budget.
Portland, Maine/Boston, Massachusetts
For this location, you will fly into Boston airport and have the option of taking the Amtrak train to Portland, Maine for part of your stay. Some Boston activities include the New England Aquarium, whale watching, city trolley tours, Fenway Park, and historic sightseeing such as Paul Revere’s House, the Freedom Trail, the USS Constitution and more.