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Redskins, Make A Wish Partner Up

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 4, 2014 – 11:28 am

There’s just nothing quite like seeing a child see their dreams come true.

For 5-year-old Addy of Arlington, Va., however, the journey to realizing her ultimate dream didn’t come easy.

In March 2013, Addy was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, and in the coming weeks and months, this sweet little girl underwent a grueling treatment regimen

Although she could’ve given up to the terrible disease at any time, she didn’t. Instead, she remained strong, gaining inspiration from musicians like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

Over that time, Addy developed a passion for the music and that glamorous lifestyle. So when she had surgery to remove her tumor and Addy’s doctor told her parents that she would be eligible for the Make A Wish program, Addy immediately knew what she wanted:

To be a pop star.

Thanks to Make A Wish and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation — which funded the endeavor — Addy’s dream came true Saturday evening.

Addy was the special guest at the Make A Wish Mid-Atlantic‘s inaugural “Evening of Wishes,” where those in attendance saw the debut of Addy’s first-ever music video of her rendition of Perry’s song “Roar.”

And she nailed it.

The video — which you can watch above — shows Addy seeing her dream of becoming a pop star come true, as she first performs the song at her school’s talent show, and then gets her big break (while wearing her glamorous purple wig and makeup) performing for her adoring fans at Madison Square Garden in New York.

With a contagious smile and personality, it was truly amazing to see Addy — whose been through so much in the past 14 months — get a chance to have a special evening all to her own.

And as if the standing ovation she received wasn’t enough, Addy on Saturday evening also got the chance to hit the dance floor with Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who was a guest speaker at the event:

Now if that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will.

There was also other causes for celebration Saturday night, where Redskins Charitable Foundation Executive Director Jane Rodgers announced they have formed a partnership with Make A Wish to fund three local children’s wishes a year.

The Redskins and Make A Wish have worked together before. You’ll remember last June, when 8-year-old fan Lateef Brock — who was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease — was granted his wish of meeting Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III:

Kudos to both Make A Wish and the Redskins Charitable Foundation for making these awesome kids realize their dreams.

Here’s a few photos from last night’s event:

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One Response to “Redskins, Make A Wish Partner Up”

  1. By Charles Ziffer on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    This is so cool. I am not a Katy Perry fan but will definitely buy this young lady’s version when I can find it.

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