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Tuscaloosa Teen has Wicked Good Time in New York City

Angel Hero

“ After a year of chemo, hospital stays and disappointments, this trip was exactly what she needed to recharge and come back ready to finish treatment and kick cancer's butt ”


- Wish Mom, Kim

For the longest time “wicked” has described Angel’s condition.

For the past couple years, the 17-year-old has been battling a rare form of cancer: Ewing’s Sarcoma. Hospital visits, doctors and chemotherapy are now what she considers to be a wicked, necessary part of her everyday life.

But with the hopes of her imagination, her enthusiasm for a future career and the determination of Make-A-Wish® Alabama, her perception of wicked now has a brand new meaning:  wickedly awesome.

Angel didn’t hesitate when asked what she would like for her wish. She wanted to go to New York City and see Wicked on Broadway.

In October, Angel’s wish came true. She and her mother, Kim, traveled to the Big Apple, where Angel met a professional make-up team for Broadway’s Wicked. Team members answered her questions, gave her advice for her future and she even watched one make-up artist “greenify” the show’s character, Elphaba.

“The cast of the play were amazing and she had such an awesome time,” Kim said.”

Angel was super-excited when the cast allowed her to take “selfies” with them, which was something she wanted to do the most.

“After a year of chemo, hospital stays and disappointments, this trip was exactly what she needed to recharge and come back ready to finish treatment and kick cancer’s butt,” Kim said.

“This trip was more than a wish for Angel – it was a sense of empowerment,” Make-A-Wish Alabama President and CEO, Pam Jones, said. “By being in the Broadway atmosphere and by communicating with those professionals who do exactly what she wants to do with her future – it gave her the motivation to continue trying to reach those goals and to not let anything, including cancer, get in her way.”

Angel and her mother also enjoyed the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, shopping and eating some of the best food that New York City has to offer.

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