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Lady Gaga’s Surprise Visit to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare!

Posted On: 05/29/2014

Categories: CurePity

Last Thursday began as an ordinary day for patients and employees at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.  But by the end of the day, it became one they’d never forget.

So how did Lady Gaga connect with Gillette? The background story is just as amazing as the visit itself!  Last year, Gaga befriended Gillette patient Emma Carroll, 20, after she reached out by sending the pop star a letter.  During her concert last Wednesday, Gaga recognized her friend publicly:

“I met Emma at the St. Paul show a year ago…she was a fan who needed me, but I had no idea how much I needed her. So, thank you, Emma, for inspiring me every day with everything you do. Emma has been in a wheelchair her whole life, and she has a better attitude than 99 percent of the people I know.”

The next day, Gaga surprised Emma—and everyone at Gillette—by paying an unexpected visit before her tour bus departed later that evening.  Gaga visited one-on-one with every inpatient and their family, sharing inspirational words, hugs, and even a cappella renditions of her hit song ‘Born This Way.’ 

In addition to touching the lives of dozens of patients with her kindness and compassion, Gaga also showed her support for Gillette’s CurePity® movement by signing the CurePity pledge (see photo – Gaga is pictured with Gillette CEO Barbara Joers and Emma).  CurePity is Gillette’s commitment to moving attitudes away from pity, and towards acceptance, of all people who have disabilities.  It’s a mission that echoes that of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, which similarly encourages acceptance and empowerment.

We’re ecstatic to have Lady Gaga’s support of our CurePity movement—and incredibly grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our patients. 

Click here to join Lady Gaga in signing the CurePity pledge!


I got chills reading this article. The last couple years my family traveled to Gillette, St.Paul to support the most amazing little boy while he had multiple surgeries to help his spine. Our little Jordan passed away last October, but no matter what he went through, he managed to show us his beautiful smile!—I have always been a fan of Gaga, but reading this article has put the cherrry on the top of my life! To see her taking time to stop and see these children is breathtaking! I wish I could have been there to watch her interact with the children, but seeing these amazing pictures shows how much she enjoyed being there! Thank you to Gaga for her support for the kids and families, and a big thank you to Gillettes Children Specialty care for taking such good care of my boy, Jordan each time he was there, and also all the cares that are given to children AND families while there!!

By Samantha Hisgun on 05/30/2014