Hartland girl with cystic fibrosis gets to watch the Olympics in person thanks to Make-a-Wish

Posted at 6:36 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 19:51:46-04

Athletes dream their whole lives of going to the Olympics, and so has Sarah Calbaum. She's a 12-year-old from Hartland living with cystic fibrosis. When Make-a-Wish Wisconsin reached out to her family, Sarah knew what she'd be asking for.

"It's been my dream to either go as an athlete or a viewer to they Olympics," said Sarah.

Despite having cystic fibrosis, a disorder that causes damage to the lungs and digestive system, Sarah does gymnastics, and plays volleyball and basketball.

At the Olympics, she's living out her dream.

"It was cool to see them represent America and win a gold medal for USA," Sarah said.

Her parents say it's a break from the reality of school and sports, all while managing twice-daily breathing treatments that are hours long.

"It really impacts Sarah's daily life and this is a great opportunity for her to do something that she wouldn't be able to do otherwise," said Mike Calbaum, Sarah's dad.

Her favorite event she's seen is gymnastics, as well as watching the U.S. Women's team make history winning back-to-back gold medals as a team.

"They are s good role model. They fight for the U.S. to get that gold medal," explained Sarah.

A new group of role models for fighters like Sarah.

"It's pretty much a dream come true," she said.

Sarah planned to see fencing Wednesday and the Women's Gymnastics Individual Finals Thursday. Photos and video of Sarah and her family courtesy of Make-a-Wish Wisconsin.