Hanna Hughes Shares Ellen Show Experience

January 21, 2018 07:12 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- “Anyone who has spent time at the hospital knows that there is not a lot to do,” said Hanna Hughes.

The Rochester girl was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2010. Undergoing Chemo Therapy treatment and surgeries - including the amputation of her leg - one thing helped Hanna take her mind off of her battle with cancer. The Ellen Show.


“She's hilarious,” said Hanna. “I have always been a big fan of Ellen and my sister and I joked that someday we would go to the Ellen show, but it's nearly impossible to get tickets. “

So Hanna submitted a video to our ABC 6 News "Ellen Show Experience" contest.

After receiving the most votes on her video, she won the contest.

Last week, Hanna and her sister, Emily, turned their dream into a reality.  “It’s so cool just being at the taping,” said Hanna. “Everyone has a positive energy and they just get up and have you dance and it's just super fun. Once Ellen comes in everybody just goes crazy.”

The two girls sat in the second row... but that's not the coolest part.

“We sat right in front of Ellen’s mom so she came up and was chatting with her during a commercial break,” said Hanna.

They were only an arms-length away from Ellen.

“Like I could touch her,” she said.

After the show was over, Hanna and Emily made the most of their trip.

“We got our little Ellen underwear,” said Hanna. “We went to the Walk of Fame and we found Ellens star.”

Hanna is seven years cancer-free and has accomplished a lot. Not only does she work for a nonprofit, she is training for the Para Sled Hockey World Championship in May.

“We are really excited about that and hopefully it will help grow the sport even more,” she said.

Showing the strength of the human spirit ... while achieving her goals.

“I never would have imagined that I would go to her [Ellen's] show and be where I am today,” said Hanna. “So it’s just cool to be able to look back and see how far I have come.”


Hannah Tiede

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