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Danielle's Enlightening European Escapade

A few days before Christmas, Danielle and her family flew across the Atlantic and embarked on the journey of a lifetime.

Even as a child, 18-year-old Danielle’s faith had a large impact on her life.  When she was diagnosed with ganglioglioma, a type of tumor that arises in the nerve cells in the brain, she said that her “faith took a giant leap.” As she says, “To me, God has become a friend…I know I will never be alone.”  When she learned that she would be granted a wish through Make-A-Wish®, Danielle wanted to spend the Christmas holiday in Rome and discover where Catholicism originally began.  In addition to her fascination with the Roman culture and her desire to experience the daily way of life of a country she’d never visited before, Italy seemed like the perfect destination! A few days before Christmas, Danielle and her family flew across the Atlantic and embarked on the journey of a lifetime.  Photo opportunities at the Coliseum, a nighttime tour of the Trevi Fountain and Christmas Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica were just a few of the family’s favorite memories from their once-in-a-lifetime holiday celebration!

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