Since the time she was 7 years old, Hunter Elementary fifth-grader Karma Maestas has wanted to see the northern lights in person. The opportunity, however, seemed far off, especially considering Karma is currently battling osteosarcoma. Since the time of her diagnosis, Karma has had to miss out on many things we perhaps take for granted.
But Karma has persevered, and remains committed to a positive outlook on life. Her peers at Hunter Elementary have certainly taken note, and they do whatever they can to support and help her: Classmates help student battling cancer
Today, the Make a Wish Foundation granted Karma’s wish to see the northern lights in Alaska. Students and staff prepared for the announcement by wrapping flashlights in colorful cellophane and setting up LED projectors to mimic an aurora borealis. Karma, who was concerned about being late for school, walked into the darkened auditorium in awe of the spectacle and a little confused as to what was happening. Once she realized the purpose of the light show, she proudly showed off her giant smile.