COLONIE, N.Y. – An Amsterdam teenager attended the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Hannah Priamo and her family returned to the Capital Region on Friday after rubbing elbows with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
“I’m from Amsterdam,” she said. “Like, you don’t think of anything happening like this around here.”
But sometimes wishes do come true.
“My two favorites were Ellen Degeneres and Ellen Pompeo because I’m a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan,” Hannah said. “I religiously watch that.”
She was initially supposed to go to the awards show last year, but she wasn’t feeling well enough to attend.
“I had to wait an entire year for this,” she said.
Hannah is battling leukemia. Her father, Paul, said she’s been in and out of hospitals since she was diagnosed in August 2013. But their recent trip has recharged the family.
“We really needed it,” he said. “As a family, we needed to get away and just relax.”
But Hannah doesn’t let her diagnosis stop her from being herself.
“If you, like, become your sickness, you lose yourself,” she said. “So don’t lose yourself.”
It’s that outlook that makes even Make-A-Wish Northeast New York CEO William Trigg struggle to find the words to explain how Hannah and her family inspire him.
“You know, they say to us, ‘We’re just so grateful for what you do,’ and I tell them, no, you have to understand it’s a privilege for us,” he said.
Hannah has chemotherapy treatments every day, but her father said she should be done by November.