Blake Shelton Goes Way Above and Beyond to Cheer Up 7-Year-Old Fan
Daisy Prescott is Blake Shelton's biggest little fan, but when she got the chance to meet him, the 7-year-old panicked. Her mother tells Taste of Country all about what happened next, and how the singer went to great lengths to make sure a little girl with juvenile dermatomyositis had the memory of a lifetime.
It happened Saturday night (May 28) at Bayou Country Superfest in Louisiana. Daisy Prescott and her mother Kristen scored meet and greet passes, but quickly learned they would be more like guests of honor. The singer and his entire team had seen a Facebook video Daisy made thanking those who made the meeting possible (Shelton's record label Warner Music Nashville did much of the heavy lifting). They were charmed, to say the least.
The problem was, as soon as the opportunity came, the girl panicked. "She was terrified," Kristen says at the Cure for Daisy Facebook page. "She said she couldn't do it and was freaked out."
The traditional meet and greet passed, but Shelton's team kept the her girl backstage and together everyone colluded to find a way for the meeting to happen. At one point they all lost sight of Daisy, but the group (including Shelton) walked around until they found her with a few others from his staff in a dressing room. When she saw him, she started sobbing and then ran in for a great big hug.
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"He was hugging her and he probably hugged her for 90 seconds or more," Kristen tells ToC, adding that Shelton's eyes were closed and he was very in the moment. "There was only a few people in the room and really it was incredible ... He was very taken with her."
At one point Daisy started to laugh realizing how silly the whole thing was, and then they started laughing together. "He was trying to pronounce dermatomyositis and they were joking about The Voice and about his finger and how he does the finger pointing. She loves that."
Kristen Prescott says her daughter is extremely social, but prone to clamming up when put on the spot similarly. Dermatomyositis is an extremely rare autoimmune disease that affects only two or three children out of one million every year. Daisy was diagnosed four years ago and receives monthly treatments through a port on her chest, in addition to regular blood work and several medications.
"Right now she's doing great, but typically she suffers from pain, weakness, not a whole lot of stamina, harder to walk long distances ...." Kristen says. "We had to take her out of school. She wasn't able to go to school all day every day." Her symptoms also include extreme light and heat sensitivity — had the Bayou Country Superfest taken place at Tiger Stadium at LSU like usual, they would not have gone. Instead it was at the New Orleans Superdome in 2017.
"Daisy doesn't ever want anybody to see that she's weak," Mom adds. "At school she would give her everything and literally come home with nothing left."
Kristen and her family do a lot of work for the Cure JM foundation, a true one-of-a-kind awareness and support group that focuses on raising awareness for people like her daughter. As you may be able to tell from Daisy's videos, she is very comfortable in front of a camera and has acting aspirations.
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