Elizabeth, a talented 17-year-old who is battling cystic fibrosis, wished to have a top-of-the-line Powell Aurumite flute. Elizabeth is challenged every day with physical therapy treatments, and her therapist believes that playing the flute greatly improves her quality of life, as it helps exercise her lungs. Her driving life force is music; more specifically, playing the flute and piccolo. The flute will enhance Elizabeth’s life and musical ability.
Elizabeth aspires to become a music teacher or therapist. She asked for a new flute because it will give her the edge that she needs to continue her musical studies in college. Her talents will be recognized nationally when she performs at the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, an accomplishment that she is very proud of.
It was a chilly afternoon, but there was nothing but warmth on the football field at Western High School when an unexpecting Elizabeth’s wish came true. During a typical marching band practice, there was an atypical pause as her volunteer wish granters surprised her with a suitcase that contained her prized instrument. After the initial shock, Elizabeth tested out her new flute by performing solo, and along with the entire marching band.
Ending her wish on a high note, she celebrated with her loved ones and fellow bandmates with a pizza party.
Wish Granters: Sue Pikus & Renee Shore
Referred by: Anna Jedlinski Reyes, her social worker
Special thanks to Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza