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Sarah’s mono-ski takes her beyond


“ I never thought I'd be able to ski ever again. ”

- Sarah

Sarah’s father took her down her first slope when she was five years old. Since then, skiing has become a feeling of thrill she cannot hold back. Skiing is life. Even when a tumor on her spine robbed Sarah’s legs of feeling, and a radical surgery left her paralyzed from the waist down, Sarah longed for one thing: to ski again.

She wished for a mono-ski of her own and lessons to experience the thrill of racing down the slopes again. With her mono-ski, Sarah knew she could relive those joyous memories with her father.  

Make-A-Wish® made Sarah's wish to ski again come true when they sent her and her family to Breckenridge, Colorado with a custom-made mono-ski to practice with some of the country's best adaptive ski instructors. Sarah and her father climbed up together and flew across the soft banks of freshly fallen snow. She was content again.

Back home in Wisconsin, Sarah continued a happy life through the snow – training with her mono-ski every chance she got. Her progress would take her a leap further.

Sarah lives and trains full-time in Colorado as an athlete and a college student.

"I never thought I'd be able to ski ever again," Sarah remembers. "Make-A-Wish did the impossible."

  • Sarah gets ready for the slopes.

  • Fresh off the plane and ready to head for some snow.

  • Sarah’s smile shows that she’s back to doing what she loves.

  • Sarah samples some fresh powder.

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Kisha R.

Both my little girls have cystic fibrosis they are 8 & 10 their wish is to one day go to Disney World in Florida we live in Tiffin,OH. I'm not sure what the process is to apply but would definitely like more information about your program. Thanks

December 07, 2014 - 10:23 PM

Make-A-Wish America

Hi, Kisha.
The wish granting process begins with a referral -- either from the wish kid, the parents, a legal guardian, an immediate family member with detailed knowledge of the medical condition, or a medical caregiver.

You can read more about our referral process here:

Thank you for writing.

December 08, 2014 - 3:08 PM

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