Health: Dream Comes True For Young Girl Battling Cancer In Philadelphia
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By Stephanie Stahl
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A little girl battling for her life in Philadelphia had a dream come true. 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl has the details on this heartwarming story.
The bubbly fifth-grader spent her morning Wednesday at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, prepping for life-saving brain surgery. The second half of her day? Well that got a whole lot better.
A limo ride, and a wish come true.
“It’s so cool. I actually for once feel like a superstar,” said Amy Hosmer.
It’s a special day for the 11-year-old.
“Definitely unbelievable, amazing, opportunity of a life time,” said Etta Hosmer, Amy’s mom.
But life hasn’t always been so wonderful. At age 2, Amy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Radiation made it go away, but this past December, it returned.
“It was awful, not something anybody should have to go through,” said Etta.
Amy’s dream has been to meet her idol, Taylor Swift, and record her own, original song.
When Joe Staiber, President of Rotation Records in Norristown, heard about Amy and her wish, he got to work.
“We said why don’t we give her a record contract, a real one. And we offered her a record deal to record a song she wrote about Ronald McDonald Camp,” said Staiber.
Amy wrote the song “This Camp” about her experience at a Ronald McDonald House Camp last summer, where she performed and dedicated it to all of her friends and counselors.
Not able to make it to the recording, Taylor Swift sent her a signed picture.
“It’s a perfect dream come true for her. She’s still going to try to meet Taylor Swift, but this right here has been so awesome,” said Etta.
“My dream was to be able to sit in front of millions of people and just sing my words to my song cause it would make me feel exactly like Taylor Swift,” said Amy.
Amy is having surgery next Wednesday to remove the tumor, and several rounds of chemotherapy to follow.