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Lady Gaga Sings “Edge Of Glory” To 12-Year-Old Fan Suffering From Autism

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Heart of gold.



Lady Gaga made a 12-year-old boy’s dreams come true when she brought him on stage to help her sing “Edge Of Glory.”



Earlier this year, a woman named Jennifer Collins posted a video on Facebook that explained her son Owen’s rare medical conditions and his love of Lady Gaga in the hopes that it’d reach the pop star herself and give Owen the opportunity to meet his idol.

“Owen has been diagnosed with a couple of rare conditions, with Dravet Syndrome being the most challenging,” Collins wrote on Facebook back in March. “It is a rare, catastrophic and lifelong form of epilepsy that has many issues associated with it. He suffers from prolonged, frequent seizures, behavioral and developmental delays, and chronic infections. Owen also has Dysgenesis of the Corpus Callosum, an abnormality of the brain structure (basically the communicator between the left and right side of the brain is not formed completely and it limits the 2 sides from talking with each other). He is greatly affected by seizures, clumsiness, delay in developmental milestones and sensitivity to sensory cues. Owen’s medical conditions still have so many unanswered questions and we are determined to get answers. Even though Owen is considered nonverbal, he understands everything you say and is very smart.”

"Owen has been one of Lady Gaga’s little monsters since he was 4 years old with his favorite songs of hers being, 'Born this way,' 'Just Dance' 'Poker Face' and 'Paparazzi.' As his mom, I have learned that Owen uses Lady Gaga’s music as his voice or outlet," she continued. "From Owen wanting me to wear my make-up like Lady Gaga (YES, there are YouTube tutorials on how to wear your make-up like her) to signing Lady Gaga’s biography book out continuously at the school library, to watching and listening to her on YouTube, his devotion to her has been unwavering."

Collins added: “Share this post as much as possible in the hopes that it will get to Lady Gaga!”

Mission accomplished! Gaga invited Owen onstage at her show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to help her sing the ballad rendition of “Edge Of Glory.”

“I’m so happy you’re here,” Gaga tells Owen after giving him a kiss on the head. Later she tells Owen he’s family to her. Its pretty emotional, and in a time when the world feels like it's imploding, moments like these are extra special.

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I hope Owen was able to thoroughly enjoy the experience and wasn't too overwhelmed by everything as that's A LOT to take in, even though Gaga's heart was obviously in the right place.

Definitely is also a reminder of how relatively minimal effort it takes on the part of any public figure to actually make some sweet child's dreams come true. So although I really do appreciate that Gaga takes time to show affection to her fans, I feel like she (and all other celebrities) shouldn't really be lauded for merely recognizing their immense position of influence and good fortune; I believe all entertainers should give back similarly and routinely, to the point where we don't feel the need to praise them for the good deed! It should simply be expected, IMO.

(Not to downplay this very beautiful moment Gaga shared with Owen, just thinking broadly and "outloud." This behavior should be the rule, not the exception).

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2 hours ago, LostInAnImage said:

I hope Owen was able to thoroughly enjoy the experience and wasn't too overwhelmed by everything as that's A LOT to take in, even though Gaga's heart was obviously in the right place.

Definitely is also a reminder of how relatively minimal effort it takes on the part of any public figure to actually make some sweet child's dreams come true. So although I really do appreciate that Gaga takes time to show affection to her fans, I feel like she (and all other celebrities) shouldn't really be lauded for merely recognizing their immense position of influence and good fortune; I believe all entertainers should give back similarly and routinely, to the point where we don't feel the need to praise them for the good deed! It should simply be expected, IMO.

(Not to downplay this very beautiful moment Gaga shared with Owen, just thinking broadly and "outloud." This behavior should be the rule, not the exception).

I don't think she does it to be praised after, she genuinely does that every tour but I agree. It shouldn't be about praising artists for doing so, it should be natural

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