Samantha loves helping others and aspires to one day become an occupational therapist. As she battles medical difficulties of her own, she seeks comfort in the lively hospital world of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
“Grey’s Anatomy was a way to get her through hospital visits,” said Samantha’s mom. “She started watching the show during her first doctor’s visit. She immediately knew that her wish was to meet the cast of Grey’s Anatomy.”
Samantha’s wish began with a luxurious limo ride to the airport. Upon her arrival to sunny Los Angeles, she and her family embarked on a grand tour of the Universal Studios parks. The excitement grew throughout the trip and hit a boiling point…
”When I got to the set I just, I was in a daze,” said Samantha. “I brought a pillow that says “Grey’s is Life” on it and the actors of the show all started coming up to meet me and signed it.” Samantha received custom scrubs, hospital credentials and goody bags. After scoping out locations of iconic Grey’s scenes, Samantha watched a filming from the Director’s chair. During the break, Ellen Pompeo (who portrays the main character, Meredith Grey) sat next to Samantha. They chatted away like old friends until Samantha was invited to get a tour of the show’s prop room!
“My wish was surreal,” said Samantha. “Being there in front of everybody I love was amazing. They let me see so many cool things. I never thought I’d be able to do that. I thought it was a long shot, but Make-A-Wish made it happen.”
With her one-of-a kind pillow in hand and memories of new friends in her heart, Samantha can take on the world.
Wish Granters: Elizabeth Erra & Randy Rodriguez
Referred by: Mindy Zelitt, her mother
Wish adopted by Si McAninch