The Wish Kid and Her Quest for Russia

Sarah Holm, a member of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Development Team, has one thing on her mind: Russia. With the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games near, Holm is more determined than ever to make her wish come true.

Holm has been an avid skier since age five, however at just 11 years old her life completely changed forever. Holm was diagnosed with a spinal tumor, which eventually lead to having part of her spinal cord removed. As a result of the diagnosis and surgery, Holm has minimal function in her legs.

This was merely an obstacle for the skier, who didn’t want anything stopping her from pursuing her passion. The Make-A-Wish Wisconsin volunteers met up with Holm to help fulfill her wish of skiing again. The non-profit organization provided Holm with adaptive ski equipment and it was only shortly thereafter that she began racing again.

On multiple occasions, Holm has dealt with injuries and setbacks, yet she continues to push forward and fight to compete in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Holm is showing the world she’s not giving up on her dream.

It is undeniably inspiring to see someone conquer such a large obstacle and continue to learn and grow. In life, we tend to take things for granted – the power of our bodies, the power to move, to speak, to listen, and so much more. Stories like Holm’s remind us to always be thankful for what we do have, to be thankful to be alive – and not only to be alive, but to be living. Life is absolutely what you make it out to be and Holm is proving this to us all.

To learn more about Holm’s story, read the article here. If you’re interested in learning about ways you can donate or volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, click here.


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