As Marisa Tran was stuck in the hospital recovering from rounds of chemotherapy, there was one book series that she loved to repeatedly read cover-to-cover, “The Hunger Games.” The teen easily related to Katniss’ bravery and strong nature, two things Marisa needed to help her through the devastating treatment required to fight off her life-threatening illness. When she was well enough, Kids Wish Network couldn’t think of a better way to show her some support than by granting her wish to visit the set of the series’ second book and movie, “Catching Fire.”
Marisa was diagnosed with both acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in 2011. Having both life-threatening conditions is a very rare occurrence, and Marisa started treatment immediately. In October of 2011, she underwent her first bone marrow transplant then began chemotherapy for each diagnosis separately. The teen spent over six months in the hospital recovering, most of the time in an isolation unit as her immune system was extremely compromised.
When she was discharged, there was nothing to stop her, or Kids Wish Network, from granting her wish. Marisa and her family enjoyed an all-expense paid wish trip to Atlanta to visit the set of “Catching Fire” during filming. Her favorite part was meeting the amazing cast, including stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, and Liam Hemsworth.
“Catching Fire” recently won Movie of the Year at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were also honored with Best Female and Best Male performances, respectively.
Kids Wish Network would like to congratulate “Catching Fire” on its recent awards and also thank the generous sponsors that helped grant Marisa’s wish: Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlantic Limo, Hard Rock Café, Lionsgate, the cast and crew of “Catching Fire,” and Azio Downtown.