New York City, NY (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
Today, nonprofit organization Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) releases a statement following an article published by The Huffington Post detailing a 4-year-old brain cancer patient’s special visit from pop singer Justin Bieber.
According to article’s author, [Cavan Sieczkowski, “Hailey Roser got the surprise of her life when pop star Justin Bieber flew to Milwaukee, Wis., to visit the cancer-stricken superfan.” The article states that Roser was diagnosed with a rare, cancerous brain tumor in August and although her mother purchased two tickets for her daughter to see her favorite singer, Bieber, in concert for her fifth birthday, she believed that there was very little chance Roser could attend the show. Sieczkowski went on to state, “A ‘Healing Hailey’ campaign was launched online, with Indiegogo collecting almost $15,000 in donations for the family. One of the campaign's followers called TMZ to spread the word about Hailey and her love for Bieber. TMZ then contacted Bieber's manager Scooter Braun about the little girl.” According to the article, support for the campaign grew, including the production of a video from a local high school in hopes that Bieber would see it. Supporters also began using the Twitter hashtag “#JustinVisitHailey.”
The Healing Hailey campaign proved a success when the 18-year-old pop star traveled to Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center to meet Roser. According to The Huffington Post, the cancer patientlater tweeted: “Sad today is over but happy best day I've had in a long time thanks to all of you love you all especially @justinbieber for giving me #hope.”
VABC representative, Clay Darrohn, states, “The efforts of not only Bieber, but Roser’s family and community in order to make her dream come true are undoubtedly inspiring. It’s this sort of community support for those dealing with the devastating diagnosis of brain cancer that brings awareness and attention to the search for a cure.”
VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The organization’s research grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC currently funds research at several esteemed institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few.
VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.
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