Rapper makes wish come true for young brain cancer patient

It was her one big wish, and we helped make Kennedy's wish come true
April 13, 2014 6:51:23 AM PDT
She's a young girl in a serious battle with cancer. And on Saturday, her favorite rapper paid her a visit.

We first told you about 15-year-old Kennedy Brown on Thursday. The Carnegie Vanguard high school student is suffering from brain cancer. Her wish was to meet superstar rapper Drake; a dream that has come true.

Home video captured the hip hop star's visit to Houston Saturday to meet Kennedy, one of his biggest fans. Photos of his surprise visit were shared with Eyewitness News.

We first met some of Kennedy's friends earlier in the week.

"To see her go through this, it just makes me really sad," said classmate Lyric Baldridge through tears in our story on Thursday.

They told us about a big surprise they pulled off at their school for Kennedy.

"We only had like two days the plan," said Baldridge.

They threw her a 'high school in a day' experience, crowned her prom queen and congratulated her in a private graduation ceremony.

But there was one thing they couldn't do and asked for our help.

"We would ask all of your viewers to hashtag 'drakeforken,'" said Kennedy's friend Payton Campbell.

Within hours of airing our story, it went viral, trending in Houston and other US cities. Twitter lit up with #drakeforken.

People from across the country sent thousands of tweets to get Drake's attention.

"So we can get him to come see her or send something for her because that would mean the world to her," said Campbell.

Kennedy's father told us Drake called late Friday night to say he was going to make a trip to Houston just for Kennedy.

It's an unforgettable act of kindness and a smile from a girl who's fighting a difficult battle. Kennedy's father told us he wanted to thank everyone in Houston for their support and her classmates. It has meant the world to his family and Kennedy.

And we at ABC13, are honored to have been able to share her story.

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