Seventeen-year-old Hannah Sousa had her wish granted to become an honorary member of the Hartford Athletic Friday night.
Hannah has bravely battled leukemia over the last 18 months. As a soccer player herself, it was a thrill to walk the game ball out to midfield, meet the players and get her own jersey.
Make-A-Wish Connecticut is also sending Hannah and her family on a European cruise, a trip they have always wanted to make.
“It’s really great that people think of me and want to help me after what I’ve been through,” said Hannah. “They’ve almost taken me in as their own family. It’s really nice and I hope to one day in the future help some other kid that needs it just like me. “
“We’re just so grateful for make a wish to be able to give us this trip,” added Hannah’s mom Marybeth. “This is something we wanted to do as a family prior to her diagnosis so now to be able to do it is very exciting.”
The European cruise will be Hannah’s first trip out of the country and she’s hoping to visit Portugal, which is the birthplace of her dad.