The very last thing a thriving teenager wants to do is deal with cancer. However, this was the reality for 17-year-old Elizabeth (“Lizzy”), who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. But in May 2012, Make-A-Wish® boosted an optimistic Lizzy by granting her wish to swim with dolphins. Lizzy and her family visited the Dolphin Research Center in Key West, FL, where she had the opportunity to swim alongside the dolphins. When asked what the wish experience meant to her, Lizzy said, “To me my wish meant that even after all the bad my family and I have been through we can still have a good time and be happy together.”
Now a graduating senior at East Allegheny high school, Lizzy has admirable plans for the future. She recently applied for the Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship for Wish Kids, a scholarship named after her own doctor. After her experience with cancer, she has decided to pursue a degree in nursing at the Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus. She feels that she “can give back after everything she’s been through.”
She also has a passion for taking care of others. Throughout her secondary school career she has been an active member of St. Roberts Youth Group and Venture Scouts, two community service groups. Lizzy has been described by others as enthusiastic and talented. Her commitment to giving back to others is evident.
Lizzy says, “I realize now that my journey isn’t over... in fact it’s still just the beginning. I wouldn’t change my experiences because they have created... the person I am today.”