Drive for Dreams Helps Many Kids Just Like Ericka
Ericka is a sweet 15-year-old girl who lives in Appleton. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin?s Lymphoma and has to undergo high doses of chemotherapy and radiation to treat the cancer. Through all of the doctor visits and intense treatments, Ericka focused not on the difficulties and pain she was experiencing, but on the excitement of her wish coming true!
Ericka is invested in theatre, drama and show tunes. She listens to Broadway music all of the time on her iPod and has a Broadway app on her phone. She also teaches ?kids stage? to local elementary school children. Ericka told her wish granters that theatre is her life. When she learned that she was eligible to receive a wish, she knew right away that her true wish would be to travel to New York to see Broadway shows!
wish to go to broadway!
Ericka?s wish began with a luxurious limousine ride to the airport where she and her family boarded their plane to New York City. They stayed in a beautiful hotel in Times Square throughout her wish experience.
Make-A-Wish® arranged for Ericka to go to multiple Broadway shows during her magical week in New York this August. She was thrilled to receive special back stage experiences and meet a choreographer! Plus, Ericka and her family got to visit the National September 11 Museum and Memorial, the Empire State Building and Luna Park. They also got to explore Central Park, the Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center and Times Square!
Help Grant More Wishes
Thank you for your support of Bergstrom Automotive?s Drive for Dreams campaign to help make life-affirming wishes like Ericka?s come to life!
Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin has now granted wishes for more than 5,200 children. Currently, more than 330 wishes are in progress. 95% of wish parents say their child?s wish helps them feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical condition. For many, their wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illness!