Outer Banks’ newborn mustang named for terminally ill visitor

The latest foal born to the northern Outer Banks wild mustang herd has a name: Renzi. [Photo courtesy Corolla Wild Horse Fund]

The first foal of 2019 was born March 31, and while the Corolla Wild Horse Fund hasn’t been able to determine if the latest addition is a boy or girl, the little one does already have a name: Renzi.

“The foal is named after a very special person, who made her first trip to OBX the same weekend the foal was born – on her birthday!” the CWHF said in a Facebook post Thursday morning. “Melissa Renzi suffers from several terminal conditions and has been in hospice care since 2017. Seeing the wild horses of Corolla was on her bucket list, and thanks to friends and the local community, that dream became a reality.”

Making Melissa’s dream come true was spearheaded by her friend Christy Miller, who began trying organize the special trip several years ago. It all finally came together last weekend.

“Melissa and her husband Jim drove down from their home in Virginia and stayed at the Hampton by Hilton Corolla/Outer Banks, who generously offered them a discounted rate on their room,” the fund said.

Melissa and Jim Renzi visiting the wild horses this weekend. [Photo courtesy Corolla Wild Horse Fund]

Uncle Ike’s Sandbar & Grill and Cosmo’s Pizza Corolla provided meals, Bob’s Wild Horse Tours gave them a ride up the beach to see the horses with guide Jeff Kelly, who coordinated most of the weekend. Just for the Beach Rentals gave Melissa a beach wheelchair to use while she was here. The couple also made a visit to the CWHF rescue farm.

Melissa and Jim Renzi visiting the wild horses this weekend. [Photo courtesy Corolla Wild Horse Fund]

“Melissa and Jim are already planning a visit back to see little Renzi in person!” CWHF wrote. “We are so grateful to everyone who put this special visit together, and brought Melissa and Jim into our orbit. We made some very good friends last weekend, and we will be forever inspired by Melissa’s passion and strength.”

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