MINNEAPOLIS -- A Stillwater sixth grader with cystic fibrosis refuses to let her disease take center stage. Sunday night, at the Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, a granted wish put a spotlight on Sabrina Ness' future.
"I guess I've been healthy, I've never been in the hospital before, so I am definitely lucky," said Ness, after she walked in to a crowd of screaming fans.
Ness received a the star treatment and red carpet debut, complete with paparazzi and a bodyguard, as part of her Make-A-Wish to record an album with her own original songs, followed by a CD release party.
She started singing at age 2, in "perfect pitch" according to her mother, and her family has long known Sabrina's voice and big personality could give her disease a greater platform.
"This gives her more hope and strength to look forward to for the long term," said mother Naomi Ness, who says the research shows people with cystic fibrosis have a life span usually in their late thirties. "I keep thinking why, why? Maybe this is what she is meant to do, this is the point of what CF was, to use her talent to get a message out there."
With the help of a Globe University Institute of Production and Recording (IPR), and a music producer, Sabrina proved her star quality. She peformed three original songs, all with a thoughtful message. One of the most heartfelt songs she performed was titled, "What Lights You Up."
"Just make a difference today because you don't know if you will get another tomorrow, and you just need to know what you are good at, what lights you up," she told the crowd, who stood and applauded at the end of her performance.
"I think she will go places with this, this will be her launch, so I hope others see it and carry her forward, take her to new heights," said Mindy Shannon, who helped Sabrina record her album with engineers and producers at Globe University.
Make -A- Wish Minnesota grants more than 300 wishes a year. Sabrina Ness says the experience has already inspired her to write more songs.
Learn more about the organization at www.mnwish.org
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