Superior Woman Granted Last Wish Through Dream Foundation

Julie Kruse

December 10, 2014 05:13 PM

A Superior woman with terminal breast cancer got her last wish fulfilled a couple weeks ago when she got to see her favorite team, the Chicago Bears, play the Minnesota Vikings.

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Sandi Vabalaitis said she's been a die-hard Bears fans for her entire life, yet she had never been to a live game. So that snowy Sunday on November 16th, she said, was a dream come true.

That day was made possible by the Dream Foundation. It's a nonprofit organization which helps adults with terminal illnesses fulfill their dreams. Vabalaitis is one of them.

"When I was first diagnosed, it was estrogen related breast cancer, stage 4," said Vabalaitis. "It's already in my liver and in my bones, but to this day, it's still not in my breasts."

She said it was brought on by 13 years of taking hormone therapy. The news of the rare form of cancer came in September 2013, and since then, she said she's taken it day by day.

Vabalaitis explained to us that when her sister first presented the idea of the Dream Foundation she wasn't sure if she wanted to participate. However, after realizing it was going to be a fun experience, she signed up. Sandi said the Dream Foundation paid for the entire trip including the airfare to Chicago, the Bears' tickets and hotel room for her and two of her friends.

One of her friends that went with her, Kelly Raunio, said Sandi's strength is inspiring.

"She might be the one that's sick, but we all need her to keep us going," said Raunio. "That's the bottom line, and I thank God every day that I have her in my life."

The Bears did defeat the Vikings in a score of 21 to 13.

Vabalaitis said she can describe that day in one word: priceless.


Julie Kruse

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