Eminem showed his softer side when he visited a terminally ill Detroit teenager on Sunday.
The rapper hopped aboard a flight from Atlanta to his hometown to the home of cancer-stricken fan, Gage Garmo.
Eminem met up Gage without any press around at around 5 pm on Sunday and stayed to chat for several hours.
Gage, who has been battling Osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer, sadly passed away on Monday night, but his family praised Eminem for granting their son a special last wish.
Gage’s mother Tina, father, Ghais and his younger sister described the moment the two met as “very special and very quiet at the same time.”
She said, “It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. The stars aligned, and Gage’s wish came true.”
Eminem requested only one condition of their meeting, which was that no media were present as he didn’t want media swarming the Garmo household.
Eminem hid his car in the Garmo family’s garage, but when the Rainbow Connection revealed the meeting afterwards on social media, word got out.
Friends and classmates of the one-time high school footballer, had used social media to spread Gage’s wish to meet 42-year-old Eminem,after he learned last week that he had just days left to live.
They started the hashtag, #GetGageGarmoToMeetEminem and the rapper duly stepped up to visit the sick teen.
“Gage sat up with a grin on his face,” said Ingrid Todt of charity, Rainbow Connection, who arranged the meeting. “His family hadn’t seen their son do that in such a long time.”
Gage was diagnosed with bone cancer three years ago, when he was a freshman at Rochester High School.
He battled it with multiple rounds of chemotherapy and surgery. He had his leg amputated last year and his cancer turned terminal when it passed to his lungs and began to shut down his body.
During his treatment and fight against cancer, Gage has become an inspiration for his Rochester Hills school classmates.
Our condolences to his family and friends. And we think Eminem is a stand-up guy!
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