Sandra's "Dancing with the Stars" Energy

  • Sandra poses with mom after stepping out of her limo.

  • Sandra poses with Corky Ballas, Tony Dovolani and Olympic champion Maurice Greene – on the “Dancing with the Stars” set

“Now in remission, Sandra remembers the hope she received from her Make-A-Wish® experience. ”

Oh so sad am I. No longer a dancer. Defined by a new word. Which is cancer.

These are lines of "Defined Again," Sandra's first poem after she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

A dancer since she was three years old, she became depressed wondering if she would ever dance again.

Now in remission, Sandra remembers the hope she received from her Make-A-Wish® experience that kept her strong while battling her life-threatening medical condition. She asked wish volunteers if she could go see the ABC-TV’s hit “Dancing with the Stars” in person – to soak in everyone’s energy and excitement over their shared passion of dance.

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish partnership with The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiary ABC, Sandra and her family are off to Los Angeles to arrive at the set.

She meets the Season 7 cast: Academy-winning actress Cloris Leachman, “All My Children” star Susan Lucci and former *NSYNC pop singer, Lance Bass.

Sandra, an *NSYNC fan, is so excited and star struck remembering when she went to the pop concert while attempting to reach out to Bass.

“Oh my gosh,” recalls Sandra. “I was totally excited. I can hardly talk about it.”

She takes her energy with her to the makeup trailer where she is given the full beauty treatment. Then, glammed up, it’s time for the show.

This wish kid stands tall star-like in a pale yellow dress with a sparkling necklace and matching earrings. The cast loves her and her bubbly personality.

During the show, Maurice Greene – former world-champion sprinter – spots Sandra and twirls her around the stage in an impromptu dance.

Disney is proud to be a long-time supporter of Make-A-Wish® and uses its mage to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. With more than 6,000 wishes granted every year – including visits to the Disney Parks, Disney Cruises, meeting Disney characters, attending sporting events and visiting TV and movie sets – Disney-themed wishes continue to be the most popular requests by children to Make-A-Wish.

It was great the most amazing thing in my whole life.”

— Sandra

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