A recently bereaved mother has penned a poignant thank you note to Justin Bieber for meeting her terminally ill daughter shortly before the little girl died after a long battle with cancer.
Earlier this week, Pam Drew shared a picture of the superstar and her daughter, Karlee, on her Facebook page, describing the Canadian as the “sweetest, kindest person” who made her child’s “wish come true.”
Karlee, who is from Rochester, New Hampshire, met her idol back in May this year when she was nine through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Saturday (July 23), she died at home surrounded by her family. Karlee was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis and Myelodysplastic syndrome in 2013, a bone marrow and blood disorder which later turned into acute myeloid leukaemia.
“Justin I am thanking you with all my heart, you made my daughters wish come true in Boston,” she wrote. “She has since passed and I need to make sure you know how much you made her happy. She had been following you since the beginning.”
Pam also revealed Justin’s music was one of the last sounds Karlee responded to before she passed away.
“On one of her last days she was unresponsive to all except when the paramedic had put your song on his phone,” she went on, adding, “My daughter’s head bounced up and down a few times and she smiled.”
“Thank you so so much. I hope you know you are the sweetest, kindest person,” Pam added. “Please know you really do make such a difference in this world, spreading love to so many. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Karlee’s Dream-Justin-Bieber meet-up through Make-A-Wish took place not long after she returned home from the hospital after a second, but unsuccessful, bone marrow transplant in May. Later that month, she was chauffeur-driven in a limousine with her family and a police escort from her Rochester home to the TD Garden Arena in Boston where the Biebs would perform.
In a Facebook post one day after the concert, Pam wrote, “Karlee had an amazing night with Bieber, she was the happiest I have seen her in a long time. She smiled from ear to ear. During the concert she would sing and bounce her head side to side with a smile.”
Fast forward to tragic recent days, family friend Amy Malone remembers Karlee as a smiley, optimistic child who “fought until her last day” and was a “pretty inspirational little kid.”
Heartbroken mother thanks Justin Bieber for kindness to terminally ill daughter https://t.co/er9879hS7c
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 28, 2016
“The family is in shock,” Malone told a local Rochester news outlet. “It’s almost surreal, because these last couple weeks she’s been really sick and in pain. As much as you don’t want her to go, you hate to see her in so much pain.”
All of which makes it even more admirable — and touching — that Pam Drew took the time to reach out to Justin Bieber amid her own grief, because she wanted to let him know how much his visit with Karlee uplifted her.
Readers may or may not know the Biebs has worked with Make-A-Wish since 2009, the same year he exploded as a supernova child star. Since then, he has met terminally ill children and teens before nearly every concert on his three tours, his current Purpose World Tour included.
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In fact, Bieber holds the record for the largest number of “wishes” granted by a music recording artist for Make-A-Wish, with nearly 300 under his belt. Back in 2014, the singer was given the Champ of Charity award at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards in recognition of his seven years of charitable giveback. While onstage, Bieber gave his award to his “date” for the evening, a young cancer sufferer.
Make-A-Wish spoke glowingly of Bieber just a few months ago, stating, “Justin is a long-standing, committed and generous wish granter. His support for the Make-A-Wish mission remains strong as he continues to grant wishes.”
They added, “Justin’s dedication is evidenced by the fact that he has granted a wish in almost every city during his current tour. He will grant two more wishes tonight in Boston, including Karlee’s wish.”
99 percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness. pic.twitter.com/ZwKogDVzLc
— Make-A-Wish America (@MakeAWish) April 5, 2016
See a selection of pics and videos from some of Bieber’s most recent Make-A-Wish meet-and-greets. To his credit, this is only a fraction of the support and joy the singer gives to young people who need and deserve it the most.
— CTV Edmonton (@ctvedmonton) June 20, 2016
— Make-A-Wish Mass RI (@MakeAWishMassRI) July 16, 2016
— Emma Weatherby (@emweatherby11) July 14, 2016
thank you for being the cutest, sweetest human ever. i love you. pic.twitter.com/Ht0ZlNKuiJ
— ali (@johnsonsbloom) June 14, 2016
— Marcy Jones (@MarcyJonesFox10) April 2, 2016
— Marcy Jones (@MarcyJonesFox10) April 2, 2016
— sarina costanzo (@sarinacostanzo1) April 9, 2016
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