W15H goes on set with Good Morning AmericaFebruary 3rd, 2014
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Marissa, an exuberant 19-year-old from Jacksonville, FL in remission from rhabdomyosarcoma, had the W15H of a lifetime in New York City last week. With a passion for public speaking and a desire to meet Tim Tebow, Marrissa experienced a handcrafted W15H designed especially for her.
Marissa and her mom were sent to New York for a custom W15H experience including accommodations at one of New York’s luxurious hotels, a personalized shopping trip to Macy’s, fast-pass service to the amazing views from the top of the Empire State Building, treats at Dylan’s Candy Bar, and of course, special one-on-one time with Tim. To top off her experience, Marissa was by Tim’s side behind the scenes during his time as a guest host on Good Morning America.
Marissa shared, “I was excited to meet Tim because I admire his commitment to putting his faith first and his kindness to children who are battling life-threatening illnesses.”
Marissa was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in May 2012 after finding a tennis ball-sized bump on her calf. She ignored the lump for a while, figuring that it was simply a bruise from one of the physical activities she enjoys. After searing pain stopped her in her tracks on a run, she decided to get it checked out. Testing revealed that a tumor had grown and wrapped itself around her bone and muscles. She decided to forego surgery in hopes that she wouldn’t lose the use of her leg and immediately began chemotherapy, radiation and proton beam therapy. Marissa is now in remission.
The Tim Tebow Foundation W15H program fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses who dream of meeting Tim Tebow. Each W15H child receives a custom experience and in addition, a unique W15H gift package containing exclusive W15H luggage, official W15H t-shirts, a Nike duffle bag, a copy of Tim’s book Through My Eyes, a Florida Gators: 2008 National Championship book, a personalized Bible and more.