Posted: Dec 17, 2009 11:09 AM by Bill Folsom & James Jarman
Updated: Dec 17, 2009 11:09 AM
Disappointment was replaced with a very big smile when Jason Castro of American Idol fame made an in-person visit to a local little girl fighting leukemia.
The musician showed up at nine year old Megan Phalen's home for a personal visit because her immunity is so low right now she can't go the benefit concert he is headlining to raise money for her bone marrow transplant.
The artist not only showed up for a visit, he brought his guitar and gave her a personal acoustic concert. Megan couldn't control her joy spontaneously joining in on a few songs. Between songs Castro said, "It's really an honor to be here, and it's really nice to meet Megan. It's cool to get to sit down sometimes and hangout with people I don't get to do that too much so this is a special time for me." To that Megan smiled even bigger. Through it all observers in the wings were fighting back tears.
Megan has been fighting leukemia since she was three. She has gone through years of chemo and two relapses and now at nine needs a bone marrow transplant. Castro quickly stepped up for the fundraising concert when local radio station 98.9 Magic FM told him Megan's story.
The radio station says about 800 people showed up for Wednesday night's concert. They also held other fundraisers at the event and say they raised several thousand dollars for Megan's bone marrow transplant. The exact numbers are expected to be released soon by the radio station.