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Selena Gomez Meeting Bailey Gutelius Before Show in Philadelphia (October 18)

by mega on December 22, 2013

in Fans, News, Pictures

The original pictures of Selena Gomez meeting 10-year-old Bailey Gutelius, a little girl with cystic fibrosis, before her show in Philadelphia (October 18)

— Bailey Gutelius’,a little girl with cystic fibrosis, mother on hearing that Selena heard about her “Help Bailey Meet Selena Gomez This Friday Night” project

“What else good happened…well, did you hear we met Selena Gomez? What a silver lining that was. The power of social media! After Bailey’s first week in the hospital, I traded with Kevin and went home for the weekend to be with Taylor. Driving back to CHOP on Sunday night, I was thinking of our upcoming Selena concert that Friday. My in-laws gifted the girls tickets to Selena’s concert as their birthday gift and we were so thankful CHOP grants one-time passes during hospitalizations if you’re healthy enough. Bailey would be allowed out for the concert. I was thinking wouldn’t it be neat if Bailey got to meet her. I envisioned her going back to school not as the “sick kid” but as the girl who met Selena Gomez. Cool. I called my father-in-law, knowing that they know someone that works at CHOP. That was a dead end. But I went to sleep thinking about how things can go viral quickly on the internet…it was a long shot. I didn’t even have a Twitter account. The next day, I wrote on facebook how I thought it’d be so neat to meet Selena. A friend (shout out – Grace!) suggested I write to Fox29 and another friend (shout out- Lil!) made a facebook page “Help Bailey Meet Selena Gomez This Friday Night”. I started a Twitter account and tagged Selena asking if Bailey could meet her. Within an hour or so, Fox29 emailed me and people were sharing my tweet, sharing the facebook page…very quickly this was becoming something. Fox29 came to the hospital to interview me, and they shared pictures and a video of the girls. What was happening?! It was amazing. Word got to Selena and she said yes! Her production manager called me on Tuesday evening, I didn’t believe at first it was him. He said, “we heard about your daughter…Selena’s stepfather heard, and I am from Philly, so I heard from several people ‘hey there’s this little girl from South Jersey you gotta help her out’. So we are and would love for you to meet Selena on Friday night”. I thanked him profusely as my heart raced and I just kept thinking “I can’t believe it!” What I couldn’t believe wasn’t just that we were meeting a rock star. I couldn’t believe how quickly word spread, and that many people cared. But they did, so many people cared. It was heartwarming, and I will keep that feeling with me always.”

— Bailey Gutelius’ mother talks about her daughter Bailey, a little girl with cystic fibrosis, getting to meet Selena before her show in Philadelphia

“At 5-something we were called in. We walked with 2 security guys who were so nice. We took the elevator to the bottom floor and waited for a few minutes outside her dressing room. We were so excited! Then her cousin came out to get us. We followed her through an area that had tons of clothes labeled and on the floor. Then back to her dressing room, which was lit only by a few candles and there was Selena with a big smile. Friends, she couldn’t have been more lovely. My girls ran to her and she hugged both of them, genuinely. She was kind, she was humble, she was gracious. She spent a lot of time looking at what the girls had made for her and the dog toys. She signed our CD’s and tickets and we talked about our favorite songs she sings. Taylor remarked that she used to date Justin Bieber (she pronounces it Beaver and I’ve never corrected her but I don’t think Selena noticed) and Selena laughed and said she did for 2 years but that you girls have lots of time before dating. She also laughed when Tate sat on the floor and started writing her own name on the CD cover Selena was signing. We joked Taylor could go on tour with her and sign autographs. Bailey had the biggest puppy dog eyes for her, and happiness just glowed off her face. I choked up, and Taylor admonished me reminding me I promised her I wouldn’t ugly-cry in front of Selena. Selena and her cousin laughed and said all moms cry sometimes and it’s a good thing. We took pictures, which thankfully her cousin turned the lights on for. Bailey showed Selena her PICC line and Selena so gently held Bailey’s arm. Selena told her to stay strong and she’d be ok. I told Selena I thought she was a great role model as I had read of many wonderful things she’s done. I asked her to stay young, stay sweet. Selena told the girls she hoped they like the concert and thanked us for thinking of her doggies. We hugged goodbye and said our thank you’s and she was off. Her concert was amazing. I won’t lie to you – I was nervous. She is a rock star after all, and I think of myself as a more conservative parent. But she was appropriate and a few times she spoke to her audience in a very positive way, encouraging her tweens and teens to stay true to themselves, be strong, be lovely. It was a good message.”

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