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'Flipper' Star Helps Westland Woman Make a Splash

March 23, 2009

For Marie Leinonen, who depends on kidney dialysis to stay alive, a chance this month to swim with dolphins represented another accomplishment in her goal to live a full life in spite of kidney disease.

With help from her family, and an assist from onetime child actor Luke Halpin, who starred in the 1960s TV show "Flipper," Leinonen frolicked with dolphins on a recent visit to Miami Seaquarium. Read More