Having been diagnosed with a brain tumor, 13-year-old Heather spent countless hours in the car with her Mom driving from Manhattan Beach to Los Angeles to undergo rigorous treatments at Children’s Hospital LA. Heather’s Mom recounted how they got through all of those long drives by listening to the Broadway musical soundtrack to “Hamilton”. “We went to the hospital 100 times and back and she just listened to it over and over and over again.”
So when Make-A-Wish volunteers visited, Heather knew exactly what her one true wish would be – to see the flashy lights of Broadway and to finally see “Hamilton”! This summer, she got her wish and not only saw her favorite play, but managed to hit pretty much all of the city sights including Times Square, The Met, Central Park and the Empire State Building. After her trip, she was kind enough to send a note about her experience…
“You couldn't go anywhere without hearing a cacophony of car horns and bustling people on the street. Along with the city’s symphony of cars, there were musicians on the streets adding to the atmosphere. I can’t even describe to you how may dogs I saw! It seemed like everyone had a dog. It was hard for me just to walk in Central Park because I would get distracted and start petting the pups. As we walked at night, I would gaze up at the buildings, which were so tall that I had to tilt my head all the way back. The lights flashed and I felt like a star posing for paparazzi’s cameras!
I dressed up for “Hamilton”, wearing a dress, heels, and a full face of glam makeup. As I waited in the rain, covering my head with a sweater, my excitement built. I had imagined for so long what it would be like to go to Broadway and see all my favorite songs performed. It was better than I ever could have imagined. It felt like a wonderful dream. Thank you to everyone who helped make my trip happen. It was truly a wish that came true!”
Heather’s Mom says, “For today, her brain tumor is gone. She just started high school. We’re kind of getting back to a place where she doesn’t have cancer. You’re organization does such amazing work. We went through something horrible but there was something good at the end.”
* Heather's wish made possible with the generous support from Bristol-Myers Squibb