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Danielle kicks it at the Olympics

Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

“ To go to Greece, attend the Olympics, and to meet Mia was a dream come true. ”


- Danielle

If playing soccer was your passion, what would it be like to meet Olympic star Mia Hamm? Fourteen-year-old Danielle was an enthusiastic athlete who was stunned when she was diagnosed with pancreatic carcinoma. “I was playing soccer one day and got hit in the stomach. I was sent to the emergency room and the next thing I know, I was being told I had cancer.” During her treatment, Danielle was referred to Make-A-Wish by her mother. She had always wanted to meet her idol, Mia Hamm, and then she learned that Mia would be playing with the U.S. women’s team in the 2004 Athens Olympics. “To go to Greece, attend the Olympics, and to meet Mia was a dream come true.”

Now 24 years old, Danielle reflects back on her fond memories. While in Greece, she was able to visit her grandmother, marvel at the Parthenon, and cheer on Mia as she lead her team to Olympic gold after a double overtime match. “I was interviewed with Mia by Katie Couric on the Today Show! And when the women’s team won the gold, my family and I were invited to the after party. It was really amazing to celebrate with them.”

“Make-A-Wish was a life raft back then.  Receiving my wish made such a big impact on me; it literally changed my world. The experience inspired me to follow my dreams. And you know what? I still play soccer!”

Wish Granters: Barbara Ferguson & Danielle Williams
Referred by: her mother
Wish sponsored by Union Planters Bank

  • Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

  • Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

  • Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

  • Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

  • Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

  • Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

  • Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

  • Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

  • Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

  • Danielle's wish to meet the U.S. Women's

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