Anna Kanakos has been through more in 9 years than most have in a lifetime. The Taberg girl is lucky to be alive and has only 2 wishes in life. To find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to meet Luke Bryan . We cant help with her first wish but Luke is granting the second.

Anna's family survived Hurricane Sandy, that destroyed their home in 2012. Less than a year later they moved to the Tug Hill area. But in 2015, Anna started getting sick. "She was having severe headaches, sometimes waking up in the middle of the night crying and screaming her head hurt," says Margaret.

Doctors said it was likely dehydration and to give Anna more water. But a few weeks later, Anna was urinating so much, Anna was back at the doctor. "They still didn't know what was wrong."

A few weeks later Anna went downhill quickly. "Anna lost so much weight in 3 days and was sleeping a lot and still urinating constantly," says Margaret. "We brought Anna to the ER in Syracuse where they told us she had Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. The doctor informed us Anna arrived in near death condition and it was going to take a few months before she would be 100%."

Seven months after the diagnosis, Anna is finally acting like herself. "She's still not a 100%, but she is still with us," says Margaret. "Sure we have our good days and bad days with type 1 diabetes, but we are all here to deal with it one day at a time."

Luke Bryan is Anna's idol. "If you ask her any question about Luke, she’ll know the answer," says Margaret. "When she listens to his music and sings along, she forgets about the disease she deals with 24 hours a day.  Even if it’s just for a few minute."


Anna's bedtime routine is to pray before going to sleep, a routing Margaret accidentally interrupted. "Anna told me she prayed for 2 things; meeting Luke Bryan in person and finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. I might not be able to do anything with #2 yet, but I sure can try and make her 1st wish happen."

Luke heard about Anna and has agreed to meet her at his Madison Square Gardens show. We hope she enjoys meeting her idol and forgets she's sick, if for just a night.

Margaret Kanakos