Katie Ledecky and the Stanford women’s swim team helped grant a wish to a young swimmer with cancer. 15 year old Abbey Cornelius dreamed of swimming at Stanford University but she was diagnosed with Stage 2 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma about a year ago which halted that dream.
Abbey met with volunteers from Wishes & More, a Minnesota-based organization that grants wishes to children with terminal and life-threatening illnesses. At the top of her list was to visit the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs.
Yesterday, her wish became reality when she and her family went to Colorado Springs to see the Olympic Training Center. They enjoyed a private VIP Tour of the facilities and lunch in the athletes’ dining hall. Abbey also attended a training session with the Stanford swim team and got to meet her idol, Katie Ledecky. Towards the end of the practice she also got to swim a few sets with Katie and her teammates.
Afterwards Abbey said:
“It’s just really amazing to see all the athletes and coaches and how kind they are. It’s exceeded my expectations. Originally coming here, I didn’t really know how much I’d be able to do, or if I’d be able to get in the water and swim. Then I was told I would be able to swim, meet the athletes and hang out with Katie.”
Her mother Jennifer had the following to say:
“When she was diagnosed with her cancer, it was like the rug of life was pulled out from underneath our family, and we didn’t know how things were going to go, or where life was going to lead us. All she wanted to do was swim and be in the pool and meet Katie Ledecky and come to the Olympic Training Center. To have Abbey healthy and to be here as a family and starting 2018 off like this is a miracle.”
Both Abbey and her mom posted these tweets to their twitter accounts today
— abbey cornelius (@cornelius_2002) January 4, 2018
Abbey’s wish was granted by the amazing Wishes and More and she got to meet and swim with Olympian Katie Ledecky and the Stanford women’s swim team. Everyone at the Olympic training center, USA Swimming, the Stanford coaches and all of the swimmers were so welcoming! Thank you 💕 pic.twitter.com/sRJv5EsxyI
— Jennifer (@Jcornel2016) January 4, 2018
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