WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Meeting a favorite athlete might be on any kid's Christmas list. Imagine having breakfast or spending the day with that person.
That very thing happened to an eight-year-old with a chronic illness who was granted a wish to meet Caps captain Alexander Ovechkin.
Lauren Santora wears #8 on her hockey jersey because of Caps captain Alexander Ovechkin. Skating with him and the rest of the team during Friday's practice was a dream come true. Lauren said "it was really fun" and pointed out she "scored" on Mike Green and a couple of other guys," including her brother.
She even made a play with Ovechkin, scoring off an assist from the Caps star.
John Walton, the voice of the Capitals voiced a call of the goal for Santora.
The Kids Wish Network flew Lauren and her family down from Norwalk, Connecticut to be showered with attention.
Lauren has type one diabetes. That means her body doesn't make insulin so her blood sugar level must be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
"Some days are good some days are not that great and then there are days like this that are amazing," said Lauren's mothe Diana Santora said.
Lauren's amazing day started with a shopping spree in the team store. She spent a lot of time in there picking and choosing. Her chronic illness doesn't slow her down.
The team didn't limit what Lauren and her brother could get and she didn't over do it. When her brother asked, "want these two pins?" she replied, "Naah. I'm not a pin type gal," causing a big chuckle from everyone in the group.
Lauren hauled two large bags of goodies out of the store and headed straight to breakfast with her favorite player, Alexander Ovechkin. He introduced himself and asked Lauren her name before serving her a diabetes friendly breakfast. Little Lauren showed her appreciation for the Great 9 by giving him a blue watch because blue is associated diabetes.
Before ice-time with the guys, Lauren got a gander of the team locker room which included her own locker complete with a Caps jersey.
Her Mom was overwhelmed.
"In our wildest dreams we never thought this wish would be granted for Lauren. We just wanted to come watch a game maybe get an autograph and go home," Santora said.
They saw a game alright! Lauren was front and center Saturday against the Lightning, standing on the blue line with the guys for the national anthem, riding the ice-resurfacer between periods and enjoying the game from Ovi's Crazy 8s section.
It was a picture perfect weekend for a little girl and the greater than life hockey star she adores.
Lauren plays hockey for the Barons in Norwalk, CT. Her entire family is made up of Rangers fans, but she became a Caps fan while watching them on TV one day.