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MAKE-A-WISH | 17-year-old Veronica Beauchamp gets her wish to travel to Italy

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Here to share her story with us this morning is 17-year-old Veronica Beauchamp.

A student at Green Valley High School, Veronica was diagnosed with lupus. Her wish was to travel to Italy.

Veronica, a senior at Green Valley High School, has many extraordinary passions. Between her love of photography, art, and mastering her sewing techniques, she is rarely caught sitting still. She began to fall asleep in class, a behavior contrast to her personality. After a trip to see her physician, she learned of her lupus diagnosis. Her condition stole her physical strength and treatment robbed her of her beautiful auburn hair, but nothing would strip Veronica of her determination to excel in school and to give back to her community.

Despite the challenges that come with living with lupus, Veronica has remained poised and resilient. One of her school projects was to complete extensive research on a country of her choice. She selected Italy, and it was then she became intrigued with Italian architecture, culture, and history. So her wish to visit Italy was just she needed! In June, she and her parents traveled to Venice and Rome

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