DENVER (CBS4) – A Colorado teenager who was born with a rare genetic disease that later led to leukemia will have her wish come true.

CBS4 first reported on Molly Nash 11 years ago. On Sunday the 17-year-old was headed to England to meet actor Johnny Depp.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation was behind the magic.

“Oh my gosh, I was so excited. I had no idea about it. All my friends knew and they kept it a really good secret. All my teachers knew at school and I had no idea,” Molly said.

Molly was born with Fanconi anemia. It’s a rare genetic disorder that prevents her body from producing healthy bone marrow. Doctors thought she would have died at a young age.

“It was amazing because there have been so many really bad calls that I’ve had to take in her life,” Molly’s mother Lisa Nash said.

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Nash’s mother has no idea who nominated her daughter to be a part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but it was a call she wanted to take.

“To get a call that I knew was going to be something good for her and was going to make her happy; that was just amazing,” she said.

“I’m really excited and really thankful for Make-A-Wish for giving me my wish,” Molly said.

Molly’s brother, Adam, whose umbilical cord blood was used to help his big sister is going along for the meet-and-greet. Molly and Adam are scheduled to visit Depp on the set of his latest movie set to be released in May of next year.

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LINK: Make-A-Wish Foundation