Return to mobile version

Theresa's wish to be a ballerina

Theresa as a ballerina

“ 99% of wish parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness. ”

Theresa waited until she grew strong enough to experience her greatest wish: spend a day with the Washington Ballet and become a ballerina.

Five-year-old Theresa from Kensington, Maryland has a dream to be a ballerina. Unfortunately she could only dream about dancing while lying in a hospital bed during her cancer treatments. When she found out that Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic was going to grant her greatest wish, she became excited. Theresa waited until she grew strong enough to experience her greatest wish: spend a day with the Washington Ballet and become a ballerina.

Theresa was treated like a star from the start. She and her family were picked up by a limo to meet the legendary dancer, choreographer and artistic director of the Wash-ington Ballet, Septime Webre. Septime and other dancers were rehearsing for the Nutcracker and graced Theresa with a personal performance of her favorite scene. At the end of the rehearsal, Septime brought Theresa up and taught her some ballet moves.

Theresa stopped over to another studio where the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy was being rehearsed. She met Talia Startsman who played Clara and also met dancers who were as young as she was! The highlight for Theresa was a private dance lesson and autographed toe shoes. At the end of her trip, Theresa had sugar plum fairies dancing in her head and new ballet moves to practice. This was surely an experience Theresa will never forget. 

Join the conversation

This story makes me feel

Leave a Comment

Search for Stories that Matter to you

Latest Status Update

  • #WishesMatterWednesday Wishes matter because they bring hope to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Twelve-year-old Kate from Arlington, VA recently returned from a wish trip to the Orlando theme parks, and her mom shared what the wish trip meant to Kate: “A year ago this week, we learned Kate's cancer diagnosis made her eligible to have a wish granted through Make-A-Wish. This was huge gift for all of us, and so much more than just a vacation. Make-A-Wish gave Kate the gift of dreaming – when she was stuck in the hospital, she could muse about where she wanted to go and what she wanted to do for her wish. It was the promise of something awesome at the end of a hellish road.”

Latest Tweet

  • RT @MakeAWish: #Job opportunity: Individual Giving Manager - https://t.co/R6utPAFAgM (Bethesda, MD) @WishMidAtlantic

Join the conversation

Leave a Comment

Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, Inc.
5272 River Road
Suite 700
Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 962-9474
After Hours Nightline (301) 962-9474
Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic, Inc., Baltimore Field Office
9475 Deereco Road
Deer Park Center, Suite 306
Timonium, MD 21093
(410) 453-9430
(410) 453-9430