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Drake & Rihanna Visit Make-A-Wish Foundation Cancer Patient in Miami

Drake & Rihanna Visit Make-A-Wish Foundation Cancer Patient Together
Drake and Rihanna (photo via hiphopdx.com)

“BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!,” Megan’s Instagram video of herself and Drake captioned. “I MET THE LOML (Love of my life). He was so sweet & down to earth. Gave me and my family some OVO clothing. BEST DAY EVER. NO LIE. @champagnepapi LOVE YOU!”

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Social media posts document Drake and Rihanna sharing the moment with Megan at the hospital. Instagram pictures and a Snapchat video show the 6 God hanging out with her as well.

“This is the best snapchat I’ve ever done before,” the Views from the 6 rapper says in the Snapchat video with Megan.  Drizzy performed “Work” with the Bajan singer at Miami’s American Airlines arena that evening.

“Work” has spent four weeks at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.  The ANTIsinger is the only artist with #1 Hot 100 singles from seven consecutive studio albums and the third artist with the most #1 singles, totaling 14, surpassing Michael Jackson’s record of 13.

Drizzy’s forthcoming album Views from the 6 is scheduled to be released April 16.

To see more social media posts of Drake and Rihanna’s Make-A-Wish Foundation visit with Megan, go to: http://hiphopdx.com/news/id.37984/title.drake-rihanna-visit-make-a-wish-foundation-cancer-patient-together

Tyler Perry Helps Evicted Atlanta Family With Sick Teen Pay Rent

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HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — A family that faced eviction upon returning from a Make-A-Wish event has new hope for a stable home.  Xernna Nieves said her family arrived home at their Stockbridge apartment to find an eviction notice. 

The family lives in the Ashley Woods Apartments. Nieves’ 16-year-old son has severe aplastic anemia and has already had two bone marrow transplants.  At the time, Nieves said she could not put into words what it would mean if she and her family of five were evicted.  “I have no place to go. I really have no place to go,” she told Channel 2’s Jade Hernandez Monday evening.Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 3.46.41 PMNieves admitted she has had trouble paying rent and hasn’t been paying on time, but the apartment complex has always worked with her and in turn, she always pays rent.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation paid for her son, John Williams, to fly to meet Chicago Bulls basketball star Derrick Rose.  “I felt like I was a celebrity with him,” Williams said.

But his mother was snapped back to reality when she tried paying back rent for March and April.  “I was told that corporate office told her not to accept any more rent money from us,” Nieves said.  With her son’s illness, there hasn’t been a chance for her to bounce back or find a way to better the situation, she said.  “I don’t have access to public transportation. I don’t have a car. I can’t get around,” Nieves said.

Nieves said she receives no child support for her four children and she lost her job nearly two years ago.  An eviction would mean heading to a shelter and the mother says that would put her son at risk for a weakened immune system.

When Tyler Perry saw Nieves’ story on Channel 2 Action News Monday night, he reached out and offered to pay her rent for one year.  “Thank you. Thank you for watching the news when you did,” Nieves said.  He said he tried contacting the apartment’s management, but has not been able to reach anyone. 

“We appreciate it. It will allow me to get John back on his feet,” Nieves said.  The sheriff’s office had already scheduled Nieves’ eviction for Tuesday morning.

Nieves told Hernandez on Tuesday that the vice president of the company that owns the Ashley Woods Apartments called to let her know that they would accept Perry’s payment.  “It’s just overwhelming,” Nieves said.

Nieves has already started packing what items she had into plastic bags. Perry told Nieves his intervention had no strings attached.  “I just wanted to tell him, to thank him. My family and I, we thank you,” Nieves said. “He didn’t have to come in person to pay it.”

article via wsbtv.com

Charvis Brewer, an 8 Year-Old with Cerebral Palsy, Drafted by Memphis Grizzlies

Make-A-Wish recipient Charvis Brewer and his older brother, Nicholas, get a behind-the-scenes tour from Memphis Grizzlies basketball player Zach Randolph.
Make-A-Wish recipient Charvis Brewer and his older brother, Nicholas, get a behind-the-scenes tour from Memphis Grizzlies basketball player Zach Randolph on Sunday. (Brittney Williford Photography)

Charvis Brewer, an 8-year-old super-fan of the Memphis Grizzlies, has bragging rights that most children can only dream about.  On Sunday, the basketball team drafted Charvis as its newest and youngest member. The ceremony, complete with a mock press conference, team photograph and visit to the locker room, was orchestrated by Make-A-Wish, a non-profit wish-granting organization for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

David Joerger, head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies, speaks at a press conference with 8-year-old Charvis Brewer on Sunday. Charvis' mom, Colissa Brewer, laughs happily behind her son. (Brittney Willford)
David Joerger, head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies, speaks at a press conference with 8-year-old Charvis Brewer on Sunday. Charvis’ mom, Colissa Brewer, laughs happily behind her son. (Brittney Willford)

Charvis has cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that confines him to a wheelchair. His mother, Colissa Brewer, and a home health aide tend to his every need.  “It brought tears to my eyes,” Brewer said of the Grizzlies’ welcoming gesture. “I never imagined he would get a chance to do something like that.”

Despite his illness, Charvis attends school and is the kind of basketball fan who can rattle off facts about his favorite team and their opponents. About a year ago, he was referred to Make-A-Wish Mid-South, the Memphis-based chapter of the national organization.

Charvis Brewer, the newest and youngest member of the Memphis Grizzlies, beams with excitement on Sunday.
Charvis Brewer, the newest and youngest member of the Memphis Grizzlies, beams with excitement on Sunday.
When volunteers asked what Charvis would like to wish for more than anything in the world, he shared his fantasy of being drafted by the Grizzlies. Since then, his mother told TODAY.com, Charvis kept wondering: Would his dream come true?

He got his answer on Sunday when the Brewer family, including Charvis’ sister, brother and stepfather, went to brunch in Memphis, about an hour’s drive from their home in Somerville, Tenn.

At the end of the meal, Memphis Grizzlies announcer Pete Pranica charged into the dining room and called out Charvis’ name. Pranica had great news — the Grizzlies had a supplemental draft and they chose Charvis.  Mike Conley, a guard for the Grizzlies and a favorite player of Charvis’, joined the festivities with a jersey made for the team’s newest member. A limousine then ferried the Brewers to the basketball arena where the players awaited Charvis’ arrival.

The whirlwind included eating lunch with the team, watching practice, visiting the weight room and quizzing the players about basketball. Miranda Harbor, director of community outreach for Make-A-Wish Mid-South, said Charvis was thrilled and quickly took his place on the team, even offering suggestions on player positions and strategies.

Image: Charvis Brewer and Zach Randolph
Player Zach Randolph had Charvis Brewer tour the Grizzlies’ locker room and then surprised the 8-year-old with his very own locker. (Brittney Williford Photography)

The team just as quickly embraced Charvis. “He’s a great kid that comes from a great family and is so full of life,” Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien said in a statement to TODAY.com. “We are a bigger fan of his than he is of ours.”  Each year Make-A-Wish grants 14,000 requests, more than 1,000 of which are celebrity-and sports-related. While the organization has previously “drafted” children to their favorite sports teams, Harbor said Charvis is the first in the area to join the Grizzlies.

The fun will continue for Charvis on Monday night as he and his family watch the Grizzlies battle the Chicago Bulls from box seats. It will be only the second Grizzlies game that Charvis has attended. This time, though, he will give the players high-fives as they run onto court.  His mother said Charvis has been preparing all day for his new role on the team: “He said he’s ready to tell them to beat those Bulls.”

Team photo! Charvis Brewer settled into his new role as a member of the Grizzlies with ease.
Team photo! Charvis Brewer settled into his new role as a member of the Grizzlies with ease. (Joe Murphy / NBAE / Getty Images)

Though Charvis will watch from the sidelines, he is exploring the possibility of one day competing in Special Olympics basketball.  For now, Charvis and his family are enjoying the special attention. “It made me feel like somebody else cared,” Colissa Brewer said. “Somebody took out time to do something my baby really wanted to do.”

article by Rebecca Ruiz via today.com

Make-A-Wish Foundation Grants Child’s Wish to Meet President Obama

Little Janiya Penny, 8, has her wish granted as she, along with her family, meets the President, August 8, 2012.

President Obama must be one of the most beloved U.S. President’s of all time.  Now, in the election season, people are finding more ways to love him.  If the children could vote, they would beat everyone to the polls to re-elect him.

Some of you may have seen a picture that popped up on Facebook yesterday of a little girl standing near a wall in the White House with her hands over her face as her family walked into a room preparing to be greeted by President Obama.  It is a touching photo, but for more reasons than we knew. Continue reading “Make-A-Wish Foundation Grants Child’s Wish to Meet President Obama”

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