With a hug and an overwhelming show of support, Anabel Gosseline got the wish she was hoping for.
"Just wow. I can't believe everyone came together for me. It was just so surprising,” said Gosseline.
Anabel Gosseline, who is fighting a malignant tumor in her head, asked Make-A-Wish Connecticut to help her attend Southern Connecticut State University.
On Tuesday, she was awarded about $7,500 toward her tuition, along with other university necessities like a new computer, an iPad mini donated by Covidien, an agenda book from one of the campus sororities, and a debit card to get books and Southern gear. Make-A-Wish said SCSU was a big help.
“When she decided on her wish, it was August and she wanted to get going in September, so they really opened some doors. They immediately got her in touch with an adviser,” said Michael Dominick from Make-A-Wish Connecticut.
SCSU officials said they were just honored to be involved in the process and honored that Anabel chose Southern.
“This is a woman who was willing to put her big wish in something like this. Not to meet the famous entertainers or to travel to Las Vegas, but to really see a future for herself and to recognize that that future is in coming to the university,” said SCSU President Dr. Mary Papazian.
Gosseline said the choice was easy, and she is looking at majoring in oncology pharmacy.
“To me, I just feel like school is a big part of being successful in life, and what I want to do, is I want to help people just like me. Maybe I'm not going to be a nurse, but it's still oncology pharmacy, so I'm still helping people that were in my situation,” said Gosseline.
Gosseline has a lot to celebrate. Her birthday is Wednesday.