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.