16-year-old swimmer Hailey Cannaday, who was featured meeting Michael Phelps on ESPN’s My Wish program, has passed away.
Back in July, Cannaday was featured on the ESPN series, which centered on famous athletes granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Cannaday has bone cancer. Chemo treatment for the condition caused her to miss her high school team’s awards banquet and not receive her trophy for Most Improved. Phelps surprised her via Skype when she was called to the school to pick the trophy.
In July, she got to spend a day with Phelps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Phelps was doing his final tune-ups for the Rio Olympics, where he would win five more gold medals to reach a record 23 all-time. You can read about that visit, which was featured in the ESPN series, here.
A number of posts to Cannaday’s Facebook express grief at her apparent passing this week. The posts begin on Friday evening. Friends of Cannaday’s share their condolences with Cannaday’s family, tell favorite stories from her life and celebrate the teen swimmer as a friend.
Donations are being collected for the family here.