Jon Bon Jovi Gives Little Boy With Cancer the Surprise of His Life
June 12, 2014
One heroic youngster got the surprise of a lifetime on Saturday when his favorite rock star showed up at his fundraiser for pediatric cancer research.
Every year, 10-year-old Mario Carpino of Swedesboro, New Jersey – who was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer at age 4 – looks forward to running his annual lemonade stand to raise money for kids' cancer research. But this year's event surpassed his wildest dreams when his favorite rock star, fellow Jersey boy Jon Bon Jovi, made a surprise appearance to show his support.
Thanks in part to a Facebook page called "Mario's Fight to Get Bon Jovi to his Lemonade Stand in June," which has more than 6,000 followers, the Bon Jovi frontman – whose song "Who Says You Can't Go Home" is Mario's favorite – secretly arranged for a visit to the lemonade stand on Saturday, where he posed for photos with his young fan. Bon Jovi, who flew straight from a concert in Florida, found out about Mario and his lemonade stand through one of his sons and immediately put it on his calendar. However, he kept the Carpino family out of the loop, wanting his visit to be a surprise.