Sarah skied for years until a tumor on her spine robbed her legs of feeling. A radical surgery was able to remove the cancer completely, but left her paralyzed from the waist down. Make-A-Wish Wisconsin made Sarah's wish to ski again come true—and led her to a spot on the U.S. Paralympics Team!
You never know where a wish will take you. When Sarah from Baraboo made her wish to ski in 2009, she never thought about making it to the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. She just wanted to experience the thrill of skiing again. It was something she and her father had been doing since she was 5 years old.
Make-A-Wish sent Sarah and her family to Breckenridge, Colorado with a custom-made mono-ski to practice with some of the country's best adaptive ski instructors. Just seven months after her spinal surgery, Sarah and her father were turning down the slopes again, filled with the joy of a wish come true.
"I never thought I'd be able to ski ever again," Sarah remembers. "Make-A-Wish did the impossible."
Back in Wisconsin, Sarah continued training with her mono-ski every chance she got. She eventually earned a spot on the U.S. Paralympic development team, and has traveled all over the country for races. This past season, Sarah lived and trained full-time in Colorado as an athlete and a college student, and hopes to compete in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
"When I was at my darkest point, Make-A-Wish offered me hope," says Sarah. "None of this would have been possible without them."
Wish Granters: Rick & Rita Daniels
Sponsors: Merisco, Inc.; WUCA
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