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by Erica Evans
Categories: Causes, Entertainment, Music, People
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Following the example set by girlfriend Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber made the dreams of one young girl come true this Valentine’s Day.

The teen sensation flew 6-year-old Avalanna Routh and her family to New York to celebrate the holiday with him. Avalanna is fighting a rare form of brain cancer called AT/RT that she was diagnosed with at just 9 months old.

The brave girl first proclaimed her love for the Biebs last August to a local radio program in Boston. In an interview with the same station after the visit she said Justin, “couldn’t be nicer,” and that the screaming teenagers that perpetually follow him were very “silly”. She also revelead that he serenaded her with a personal performance of her favorite song, “Baby” and autographed her hand.

Pictures of the visit show the young girl and the pop star enjoying cupcakes, playing Candy Land, and sharing many smiles and hugs.

Despite the happiness of the day, Avalanna’s mother wanted to make sure that the tragic circumstances that led to the visit did not go unnoticed. She was quoted as saying “The bigger picture here is that we really need to build awareness up of Avalanna’s disease, AT/RT. I think nationally, just this morning, we’ve had a lot of feedback, a lot of awareness, but nobody is donating. So, they have opened their hearts to this cause and it’s been a wonderful experience, now we need them to open their wallets, because we are so close to cracking this AT/RT disease.”

She continued, “We do it for Avalanna, but we do it for all the other families that have suffered.” For more information on Avalanna’s disease or to donate, visit www.cureatrt.org.

About Erica Evans

Erica is a DC resident who currently works as a consultant on issue campaigns dealing with election fairness. In the past she's worked on women's rights, health care, and tax policy. She hopes her work with Ecorazzi will successfully blend her unhealthy obsession with pop culture and her inner activist.

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