There is little more that can terrify a family like being told your child has cancer, and once such a declaration is made the whole world changes, everything becomes about the fight, the future, and the present. It’s the present, and making it as special as it can be, is what the Make-A-Wish foundation is all about; helping sick kids get something special that they might otherwise not get the chance to experience. For one young girl it was an all-expenses-paid weekend at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival for her and six family members. Her name is Sana Moezzi, and 18 months ago her wish was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.
In November 2016, Moezzi was a busy senior at Carlsbad High. She was juggling three advanced placement classes, running two service clubs on campus, playing violin with the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra, working at a pizzeria and rushing to meet the filing deadline for a mountain of college applications. Then one evening she came home from work and her mother spotted a lump on her right shoulder near the base of her neck. After a biopsy at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Moezzi was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Nov. 15, 2016.
The following months of treatment were so brutal on her young body she had to give up many things, including attending school and auditioning for music conservatories, though she did keep up hope enough to finish those college applications. But this is where the story changes, because a bare six-weeks before her Wish was granted, Sana’s cancer went into remission. Now, the teenager, spends quite a bit of her time making wishes come true for other sick kids. So far, Moezzi has helped grant two wishes and she has two more in the works. One of her biggest roles on the wish-granting team is to provide emotional support for the wish kids and their families.
She has decided to pay her good fortune forward and works tirelessly to help others who find themselves in a similar situation to she was. And this big hearted kid should be an inspiration to everyone; that what ever good comes your way, be it cancer going into remission, or even a kind word – Pay It Forward. Give as much as you receive and the goodness will grow. That is how you change worlds.
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Image and Story from the San Diego Tribune.