Six-year-old Quinn Ostergren, of Tolland, has been battling a brain tumor since she was diagnosed at 2 years old. Over the last four years, she’s gone through a series of chemotherapy treatments.
During that time, the Olympics has played a big part in her life. She was born during the 2010 Winter Olympics. After her diagnosis, she spent much of her time in the hospital watching the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Another milestone in her life comes with the 2016 Rio Olympics – her health. Quinn’s tumor is now stable and she has completed her chemotherapy treatments.
Going to the Olympics is opportunity of a lifetime for anyone to go and it’s been Quinn’s wish to go there.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation made that wish a reality.
Quinn and her family packed their bags and hopped into a limousine Wednesday morning to head to Rio de Janiero.
Quinn had never been in a limo before. She and some of her closest friends jumped in with excitement, checking out all the gadgets inside. Meanwhile, her parents watched with emotion, listening to their little girl’s giggles.
A motorcade of Hartford Police officers surprised Quinn to lead her family part of the way to JFK Airport. She high-fived all the officers – an excited 6-year-old saying thank you.
Alissa Ostergren, Quinn’s mother, thanked the police officers and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime and it’s unfortunate we had to go through what we went through and she deserves this, she deserves this, you know, it’s been a long road,” she said in tears.
Quinn will get the chance to watch the opening ceremony and attend other events, such as the table tennis competition.
Aug. 6 will be four years since Quinn’s diagnosis – the same day the 2016 Rio Olympics begin.