WETHERSFIELD — A cancer patient whose Christmas wish was to meet Mariah Carey, had her dreams come Saturday.
Larissa Podermanski wrote:
Yesterday when I woke I had no idea my day would have in store! MCs team was phenomenal! They quickly organized a car to come pick us up, booked us a room at the Beacon Theater, treated us to dinner and gave us wonder seats. We waited awhile after the show to meet her but had the opportunity to meet many of her backup singers, especially MaryAnn who was the main person who brought my story to MCs attention. Mariah was touched to hear how her music has helped give me strength!
Podermanski, 30, who has stage 4 breast cancer, teamed up with her chemotherapy infusion nurses at Starling Physicians in Wethersfield to create a music video. The large group crooned the tune of “All I Want for Christmas,” and of course the end of that sentence for Larissa is “to meet Mariah Carey.”
Here are some of the creative lyrics they changed to be about Larissa: “She doesn’t want a lot for Christmas, there is just one thing she needs. She doesn’t care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree. She doesn’t need to hang the stocking there upon near a fireplace. Santa Claus won’t make her happy with a toy on Christmas Day. She just wants to meet you so. More than you could ever know. Make her wish come true. All she wants for Christmas is you.”
On a GoFundMe page set up by Larissa, which has nearly reached its $20,000 goal over the last eight months, she writes that she was settling into a new house with her fiance and planning her wedding when she got diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, even with a double mastectomy, the cancer had already spread to her liver.