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Monday
Jan072013

Justin Bieber Meets Young Fan Battling Leukemia

DISNEYLAND/MARK ASHMAN(SALT LAKE CITY) -- An online and social media campaign helped a young Utah girl battling leukemia meet Justin Bieber on Saturday.

The Deseret News reports 7-year-old Millie Flamm had planned to attend Justin's concert Saturday in Salt Lake City until she suffered a relapse two weeks ago.  The newspaper reports her relapse prompted friends and family members to enlist thousands of Millie’s supporters in an online campaign to encourage the singer to meet her.

As late as Saturday morning, Millie's mother, Amanda, wasn't sure the meeting with Justin would happen, and didn't even know if her daughter would be able to meet him because she was running a fever and was on oxygen.

Then, at the last minute, a private meeting was arranged. Millie’s mother tells the Deseret News, "All of a sudden it pulled through and we were able to do a really intimate little meeting with just her and us and Justin and it was incredible and he was so sweet to her.”

Amanda described the meeting to the newspaper, "[Justin] walked in and [Millie's] whole face just lit up, and she turned around and hugged her dad, and then he ran over and came next to her and gave her a big hug."

Justin sang his song “Baby” to Millie and gave her a guitar pick. He then gave her a kiss on the cheek before leaving.  The newspaper reports Millie told her mom, "You are never going to wash my face again."

A photo of Justin and Millie with the caption "Look at this bundle of joy...I love her," appeared on the singer's Instagram page.

Millie will continue her treatment re-energized, according to her mother, who added, "I have no words. There is no way to say thank you to everybody who helped make this happen," she said. "I have no words but thank you, and that's not enough."

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Sunday
Dec182011

Etta James Is Terminally Ill, Doctor Says

Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Blues singer Etta James, who has been suffering from chronic leukemia, is terminally ill, her doctor said.

Dr. Elaine James, who is unrelated to the singer and has been living with her since March 2010, is now asking James’ fans to pray for her.

“I am Southern and Christian and would just ask for the prayers of her fans and friends,” Elaine James said, according to the Press-Enterprise.

“They know she’s been sick, but not how sick,” Elaine James said.

Court documents show that James also suffers from dementia and kidney failure.

The 73-year-old entertainer, who is most famous for the hit song “At Last,” is now under the 24-hour care of Elaine James, who was hired by the singer’s husband, Artis Mills, in 2001.

In the 1960s and 1970s, James was in and out of rehab programs for a heroin addiction. In 1974, she spent 17 months in the hospital after she was arrested for drug possession and sentenced to drug treatment instead of prison time.

James was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and 2008. She has won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards, and was named number 22 on Rolling Stones’ 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov022010

Broadway's "Lion King" Star Dies of Cancer

Photo Courtesy - Odiney Brown | ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old who played Young Nala in Broadway's The Lion King, has died after a sixth month battle with leukemia, it was reported Monday.

The 11-year-old star hoped to find a bone marrow donor to help her fight the disease, but multiple donation drives failed to find a suitable match. More than 8,000 people from around the country, including the rapper 50 Cent, volunteered to be bone marrow donors in her name.

The little girl with the big voice received a cord-blood transplant in August that doctors hoped would save her life, according to BroadwayWorld.com. The star also underwent chemotherapy last summer.

The fact that Shannon, who had no siblings, was part African-American and part Hispanic made it harder to find a bone marrow transplant. Of the seven million Americans listed as potential donors, only 12 percent are minorities, according to DKMS Americas, the world's largest bone marrow center. "We know minorities are underrepresented and have more varied DNA," said Katarina Harf, DKMS Executive Vice President. "It's like finding a needle in a haystack, looking for your genetic twin."

Shannon was five years old when her mother realized she could sing. By 11, the talented girl competed against thousands of other star-struck young girls to win the part of Young Nala, Simba's feisty feline girlfriend, in the Broadway production of The Lion King.

Tavarez got the role of Simba's girlfriend in the popular musical after her first-ever open audition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. She never had appeared in a professional production, only in school recitals and plays.

"It's a great feeling, performing for people and being Young Nala, because she's tough and I feel like that's who I am through this whole experience," Shannon told ABC News last summer.

In April, when she was performing on stage, she knew something wasn't right. "It was hard to walk," Shannon told ABC News' Good Morning America. "I was fatigued and tired a lot."

She was diagosed with acute myeloid leukemia and immediately began chemotherapy, finishing fifth grade in Queens, N.Y., but missing her graduation and the big school dance.

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