“Am I going to live?” is not a typical question that goes through a 16 year-old’s mind. Hailey Buis, a freshman, studying psychology and child development, has been
battling chronic myeloid leukemia for four years now. And in 2016, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her wish of playing in the Disney orchestra.
“I played the violin and got to sit next to the first-chair violinist,” Buis said. “They actually named me the 100th member of the Disney Orchestra.” The song that she played with the orchestra was so good the composer used that recording as the first song played in the end credits of Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
“That was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” Buis said. “I was completely blown away by that.”
Buis now spends her time participating in choir, loving music, playing her violin and hanging out with her friends.
“In the beginning, I kept pointing all of the blame at Heavenly Father … Over time, I’ve realized it’s not His fault,” she said. “I’m supposed to go through this trial to be stronger and a better person.”