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Justin Bieber has always been a charitable dude, but a recent gesture put him above and beyond in my book. Sure, he’s the guy who bought an old friend a brand new Mustang for Christmas. And, he’s the guy who rented out the Staples Center to take his gal, Selena Gomez, on what was I am sure the best date of her life. However, the “Under the Mistletoe” singer recently flew to New York to help a young life and a charity he had no former connection with. What a standup move, Biebs.
For Valentine’s Day, Bieber worked with The Jimmy Fund, a charity organization that has been operating since the 1940s to bring awareness and to help children and adults with various forms of cancer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The Jimmy Fund arranged for Bieber to meet one of his biggest fans—six year-old Avalanna Routh who suffers from ATRT, a rare cancer that can develop in youngsters anywhere in the central nervous system.
For the big event, the Routh family flew to New York to meet Bieber, who signed autographs, had a fake wedding with the youngster, and played board games with her. According to an interview NESN conducted with Routh and her parents, the young singer was very congenial and all parties had a great time. You can see the interview in full over at the New England Sports Network.
It’s great to see Bieber fully invest in an event that can leave lasting memories for a child and also raise awareness about a disease. To learn more about Avalanna’s cancer or to donate to her cause, head to cureatrt.org.