It was "life-changing."
One of the duties of celebrities is to give back. Not only give back to their hometown or charitable organizations, but give back to their fans. Just last week, Eminem enlisted the help of his fans to send less fortunate kids in Flint, Michigan to school with a backpack full of surprises. Now, he’s making one fan’s wish come true.
Nineteen-year-old Joe Ward has been dreaming of traveling to the United States to meet his idol. The New Zealand native, who is also a rapper, suffers from muscular dystrophy: a disease that, according to Mayo Clinic, causes “progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.” But he didn’t let his disease stop him from meeting his idol, and Eminem made his wish come true.
Taking a Trip
Ward set out to The States with his sister, her partner and his caregiver on a trip organized by Make a Wish New Zealand and Make a Wish America.
The night before meeting Em, Ward was so excited, he couldn’t sleep. “The morning was taking so long it come,” he said.
Joe Meets Em
When Ward got to Eminem’s hometown, Detroit, he was transported to Em’s private studio. His first words to Eminem were, “Sup, bro.” Eminem walked up to him, attempted to shake his hand, but due to his condition, he couldn’t raise his hand. So, Eminem gave him knuckles, instead. “I wish I could’ve shook his hand instead.” he said.
It Gets Beautiful
Eminem talked to Ward and his family about how hard it was for him to come up but still maintained to get where he is today. Ward told Eminem that his favorite song was “Beautiful” and it’s very special to him because it helped him get through bad days. “When I listen to that song on my bad days, it makes me feel great again,” he said.