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Why This Devoted Boyfriend is Paying for Someone’s 5-Month Dream Vacation

May 24, 2016
by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor

Where’s your next dream vacation?

Does it involve strolling down postcard-perfect beaches, sipping rum punch and ditching your cell phone signal on a remote island?

If you’re an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist, you might just get to do it all. For free.

Jeremie Tronet, the 29-year-old owner of Union Island’s Snack Shack and a professional kiteboarder (yes, that exists), will pay for one lucky person — and their plus one — to travel, stay, eat and kitesurf in the Caribbean for five whole months.

There’s just one condition: You need to help his girlfriend walk again.

Why Jeremie Tronet’s Funding a Caribbean Dream Trip

Tronet and his girlfriend, 27-year old Zoe Schaffer-Jennett, live a picturesque life on a remote island in the Grenadines.

And when I say picturesque, I mean it: If you casually browse his Facebook photos, you’ll see a lot of supernaturally blue ocean vistas, complete with sea turtles.

The couple spends most of their time soaking up the sun and enjoying watersports on the beach.

But while poking enviously around Tronet’s Facebook, you’ll also learn about the disaster that recently interrupted the couple’s idyllic island life.

Schaffer-Jennett fell into a ditch and suffered a serious leg injury, forcing her to undergo surgery — and leaving the active young woman bedridden.

Schaffer-Jennett’s mixed lineage and the remoteness of her island home mean she doesn’t have health insurance.

After flying to Martinique for an emergency, four-hour surgery to install three pins in her hip, Tronet and Schaffer-Jennett faced another serious expense: months of physical therapy to get her back on her feet and into the water.

Plus, she didn’t want to leave her family and friends to fly off to a more developed place and spend six months in a rehabilitation center.

So Tronet hatched a brilliant plan, capitalizing on their exotic locale: He’s inviting an expert to come stay with the couple on Union Island.

The lucky recipient would be responsible for providing rehabilitation and therapy in exchange for free travel, room, board and…  well, being in the Caribbean for five months, expenses paid.

Oh, and free kiteboarding lessons, of course.

Are You a Physical Therapist?

Read the whole story and offer at Tronet’s Facebook page.

If you think you have the skills to get this young woman back to her sporty self, send an email to zoesurgery@gmail.com with your CV.

But be warned: This story’s gone understandably viral, so Tronet and Schaffer-Jennett are probably already buried in applications.

Still, reaching out can’t hurt — and in fact, every message is already helping the pair heal.

“Thank you so much for the incredible support,” Tronet writes in an update to the original offer. “You’ve made Zoe smile all day.”

Your Turn: Will you apply for this dream vacation and help a young woman get back on her feet?

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her creative writing has been featured in “DMQ Review,” “Sweet: A Literary Confection” and elsewhere.

by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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