Just two weeks shy of his 18th birthday, Justin Bieber has shown again the maturity and compassion he has, this time giving his time to visit a 6-year-old with a rare form of cancer. He did it on Valentine's Day and he did it because she asked.
Bieber did not know Avalanna Routh but last week he received a tweet from her parents, who told them their daughter was very ill and that she had a wish to meet him. He immediately replied and suggested they work out a time for him to visit with her. That visit took place on Valentine's Day after Bieber had flown Avalanna and her Mom and Dad to New York from Massachusetts.
Justin Bieber, Avalanna Routh: two hours together
Bieber spent two hours with Avalanna and family and along the way tweeted to his fans that he was "hanging out with a very special girl." Reports have it that they played a game called Candy Land, sang his hit Baby together, autographed one another's hands and exchanged warm hugs and a kiss upon the cheek.
Avalanna, her family said, has had a crush on Bieber and last year had insisted on marrying him. Not having the real fellow there at the time, they used a poster of him and conducted a small ceremony to make her an unofficial Mrs. Bieber. Her Mom, Aileen Roberts Routh was thrilled her daughter got to meet her 'husband' for real and said the experience was a tonic for all of them.
"Avalanna had a wonderful time, meeting with Justin in New York. Justin is charming and interacted beautifully with Avalanna and it was our pleasure to meet with him," Roberts Routh told E! Online. She called the entire week of contact with Bieber "a fun whirlwind week."
Justin Bieber and helping others
The list of the positive things Bieber has done, the time, effort and money he's spent to contribute to the lives of fans and others has grown long enough that finding space for it all is a challenge. Recently he's contributed to increasing organ donors in Ontario, gave $500,000 to the Make a Wish foundation and performed a benefit concert for, and gave money and equipment to, a school in Las Vegas that helps kids with tough backgrounds to excel.
That list is not comprehensive and only covers six weeks or so. And it must be noted that despite all of those positive things he'd done recently, and scores of others, his time with Avalanna was as good as helping gets for Bieber. Who says? He does: "that was one of the best things i have ever done. she was AWESOME!" he tweeted after they parted. "Feeling really inspired now! #MrsBieber."
Since 9-months old, Avalanna has been battling a rare form of cancer called atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT). The illness is usually fatal within 9 months but with research there are now some who survive. Avalanna's Mom said her daughter "continues to fight this aggressive disease with grace and humor."
And she fights it now with the help of Justin Bieber.