January 07, 2015
On December 30, Missy Franklin made a young woman’s holiday wish come true with a visit to Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.
Rebecca Carcaterra was in the middle of her sophomore year of college, October 2014, when a tumor was found in her right shoulder. She was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a very rare and very aggressive bone cancer. She immediately started treatment.
Rebecca has been a competitive swimmer since she was six years old. Rebecca went to the Colorado State Swimming Championships all four years at Glenwood Springs High School.
She has watched Missy Franklin’s career with what her father calls, "sheer delight." In a letter to Missy, Rebecca’s Dad said, "I know this is a lot to ask... but Missy, if you are home for Christmas break, would you consider taking some of your precious time home to drop by the hospital, or Brent's Place and say hello to my Rebecca? I know you must get hundreds of these kind of requests, and I completely understand it is impossible to say "yes" all the time... but, as a father, I have to ask."
Missy said yes, making Rebecca's holiday season one to remember.
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