Up close and personal with dolphins

  • Phoebe Ruttenberg, 11, hugs a dolphin at the Miami Seaquarium on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Ruttenberg was invited to the Seaquarium as a former patient of Miami Children's Hospital. "Doing something like this reminds her of how strong she is," said Ruttenberg's mother after the event. NATALIE FERTIG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Five former patients from Miami Children’s Hospital along with families of Miami Inferno players participate in a dolphin encounter at the Miami Seaqurium on Thursday, June 12, 2014. "Rather than have the players in the water, we thought 'why not get kids out here?'" said Inferno general manager Harold Cole. NATALIE FERTIG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Senior trainer Melissa Fiorito, right, leads a dolphin encounter for former Miami Children’s Hospital patients Phoebe Ruttenberg, center, and Justin Kern, left. Kern and Ruttenberg were two of five children invited to swim with the dolphins on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne. NATALIE FERTIG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Phoebe Ruttenberg and Richard Otero participate in a dolphin encounter program at the Miami Seaqurium on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Both are former Miami Children’s Hospital patients. NATALIE FERTIG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF