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Meeting A Comedy Icon

Caitlin meets Carol Burnett

“ We had the incredible joy of watching our special child have an experience of a lifetime with a celebrity who treated Caitlin like she was all that mattered in the world. ”


- Caitlin's mother

Just like any other 17-year-old, Caitlin from Athens, PA, loves listening to music and watching television. However, being diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition makes it harder for her to live her life in a normal way. Make-A-Wish® wanted to help put some normalcy back into her life by granting her any wish of her choosing. Caitlin knew right away she wanted nothing more than to meet her favorite actress, Carol Burnett. After all, she has every one of her performances on DVD and has watched them all many times.

While on vacation in Santa Barbara, Caitlin and her family stayed at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort. Before Caitlin knew it, the much anticipated moment had arrived. She was about to have a private meet and greet with her idol! 

Here is a letter that Caitlin's parents sent Make-A-Wish on their daughter's special meeting:

“Our daughter, Caitlin, had the amazing experience of meeting quite possibly the loveliest woman we have ever known, Carol Burnett.  Every day since that trip, Caitlin has talked about how "fabulous" or "unbelievable" the experience was.… you can never truly know how full a mother's (and father's) heart can be from seeing your child who has struggled for everything be so completely filled with joy.  Thank you from a weepy mom and dad!

Thank you from the bottom of our overflowing hearts,

Caitlin’s parents”



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