Children's Health

Teen with rare disease gets Christmas surprise during police traffic stop

Saukville PD

 (Saukville PD)

A Wisconsin teen suffering from a life-threatening condition got a Christmas surprise from her father when she was pulled over by a police officer who presented her with two tickets, Fox 6 Now reported.

Audra Daniloff, 17, was pulled over on November 21 by an officer who told her she had rolled through a stop sign – but it was all a set-up by Audra’s dad, Marc.

“I got some good news and some bad news for you, okay?” said Saukville Police Chief, Jeffrey Goetz during the stop. “The bad news, first I am giving you two tickets. But they are not the type of tickets you think. One is a plane ticket to New York. The other is a concert ticket for your favorite band.”

Last year, Audra was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH -- a condition where the immune system becomes overstimulated, damaging a patient’s tissues and organs, including the bone marrow, liver and brain.

Audra spent 58 days in Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where doctors gave her a 20 percent chance of survival, her father recalled. Since then, she has been in and out of the hospital for infusion treatments numerous times.

“I completely blindsided her thanks to the wonderful help of the Saukville Police Department,” Marc told the news station.
Goetz said the stunt meant a lot to the department as well.

“I thought it was a great idea. [Marc] had given me a little back story on what his daughter had been through, and thought that this concert would make her day if she got to go to New York — and we were happy to be a part of that,” said Goetz.

Audra was able to travel to New York and meet members of the band Timeflies. She plans to attend college next year and hopes to become a child life specialist.

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