With the determination of a well-trained Olympic athlete, 16-year-old Ela works hard in school, dedicates herself to figure skating lessons, and competes on the cross-country ski team.
When Ela takes to the ice, she sets her mind free from her daily struggle with cystic fibrosis. After an invigorating skate, Ela must bring her attention back to her illness and devote several hours of her day to treatment and focusing on her well-being.
A wish was the perfect opportunity for Ela to think about something positive. Ela wished to attend the 2010 Winter Olympics where she would have the chance to watch elite athletes compete in the winter sports that bring her so much joy!
After much planning, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Massachusetts and Rhode Island sent Ela, her parents, and younger sister to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Ela attended the opening ceremony, cheered on the men’s figure skaters, and toured around the Olympic village.
“This was such an amazing trip and it was so cool to experience the Olympic pride firsthand,” exclaimed Ela. With lasting impressions of the Olympic champions, Ela laces up her skates with renewed energy and sense of achievement in her own pursuit for victory.