MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Verizon Wireless, co-sponsor of the *NSYNC national concert tour, is donating 27 concert tickets to the June 24, 2001 *NSYNC 2001 POPODYSSEY Tour at the Metrodome to children and their families at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Fairview-University Children's Hospital and Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis.
Each hospital will receive a block of tickets and one youth at each hospital will also receive tickets to the band's sound check Sunday afternoon prior to the concert. Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare selected Manda Warren of Lakeville, Minn. who will attend the concert with her mother Bonnie and a friend. She is a 16-year old with a rare condition known as Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) that would have prevented her from growing more than 4 feet 5 inches tall without treatment. Since August of 1998, she has participated in a series of limb lengthening surgeries.
Each of her operations involves surgically cutting the bones in her legs and placement of an external fixator that gradually increases the distance between bone segments. As the segments separate, the body naturally grows new bone tissue to fill in the gap. Warren is now 5 feet tall and has maintained a positive attitude. She is nearing the time where she will be able to wear jeans or a pair of shorts without the metal attachments to her legs.
Justin Whitney is an 11-year old patient at Fairview-University Children's Hospital who is currently being dialyzed three times a week while waiting to receive a new kidney and liver. He originally received a kidney transplant at in June of 1990 that failed in November of 2000.
A natural ham, Whitney has performed on the hospital's closed circuit Kid's Club television and is known for his lip-synchs of music videos. He will be traveling from Lac Du Flambeau, Wis., with his mother Mardella to attend the concert and sound check.
Jessica Nielsen is a 10-year old from Lakeville, Minn. who just finished treatment for neuroblastoma, a type of cancer, at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis. She is a good student and loves to ride horses and will be attending the concert with her mother, Laurie.
"We are pleased to be able to team up with Twin Cities hospitals to give these kids and their families the opportunity to go to the *NSYNC concert and create memories that will last a lifetime," said Rich Garwood, president of the Great Plains Region of Verizon Wireless.
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