Thirteen Years After Her Wish, Brianna Heads to College to Study Violin Performance
At age five, Brianna’s life changed when she was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma. Instead of heading to kindergarten, she found herself on the way to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and separated from her family. After countless chemotherapy treatments, Brianna celebrated her last session by being granted her wish of visiting her grandmother in California and going to Disneyland®.
After all the chaos and many sleepless nights, Brianna’s family finally felt revived by their vacation. Everyone was relaxed, happy and excited to be in California with family. As Brianna’s mother said, “This trip was when we really began to heal.” Many Make-A-Wish® families feel the sense of unity when their kid’s wish is fulfilled.
Now, Brianna is an active 18-year-old who is cancer free. Her love for animals inspired her to volunteer at her local humane society, along with becoming a vegetarian. Brianna's love of music led to her involvement with the Wayside Church primary choir. Her true passion, however, is the violin. After receiving her first violin ten years ago, she joined her high school’s orchestra, as well as other violin organizations like Erie Junior Philharmonic and String Ensemble.
Recently, Brianna received the Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship for Wish Kids. On June 11, 2014, Brianna will graduate high school and embark on her journey to Baldwin Wallace University. She plans on majoring in violin performance with desires of playing in a professional orchestra and teaching violin privately. By teaching, she hopes to have other children fall in love with the violin as she did.
Brianna knows how fortunate she is to be able to live life to the fullest. She has had her wish come true at a young age and continues to work towards her dreams for the future. She wants to be a part of making other people’s dreams come true.