Vanessa Makes Friends with Julia Roberts!

Name: Rachel
Age: 8

Wish Kid

Vanessa has Cystic Fibrosis, which is a hereditary lung disease. Many patients undergo double lung transplants before they even reach their teen years. It is a devastating disease that requires constant medical attention.

For her wish, Vanessa wanted to meet her favorite actress, Julia Roberts, and that’s just what she was able to do. Kids Wish Network flew Vanessa and her family to Los Angeles where Julia Roberts met them on the set of her latest film. Vanessa and Julia bonded immediately; Julia gave the little girl a necklace that matched her own as well as a director’s chair with her name on it. They even got to make each other over! They had a blast together!

Sadly, just three months after her wish was granted, little Vanessa passed away. For her memorial service, Julia Roberts sent some lovely flowers in memory of her dear young friend.

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