Of Mice & Men Outdo Themselves With Admirable Treatment Of Terminally Ill Fan
In one of the more heartwarming stories we’ve come across recently, Californian metalcore band Of Mice & Men have absolutely gone above and beyond for one of their terminally ill fans.
After being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014, Cassy Colunga was told earlier this year that she may only have six months left to live. Upon finding this out, the band – who have crossed paths with Cassy over the years – sprung into action to ensure that one of their biggest fans would get to hear their new album.
Together with the LTD Foundation and Raw Power Management, Of Mice & Men were able to make Cassy’s dream come true, inviting her to a private listening session of the band’s forthcoming album (making her the first person in the world to hear it, outside of the band members and their crew). If that weren’t already special enough, Austin Carlile and the gang surprised Cassy with a recording of her clapping to the beat which will soon be incorporated into one of their songs, ensuring her memory lives on forever.
The fun didn’t end there with something of a “Dream Day” organised for Cassy: The young teen was gifted some goodie bags and treated to a private lunch at one of her favourite restaurants, California Pizza Kitchen.
In a post to Instagram (which was later shared by the band) the LTD Foundation wrote, “Today was a day to forget all the stresses and problems of the world and to be surrounded by nothing but pure love, happiness and joy… Today Cassy was disease-free; today Cassy was ‘Living The Dream’.”
No strangers to illness themselves (Carlile’s Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder, has seen him go under the knife numerous times in recent years), the fact that the band did this for a fan in need is exceptional to say the least.
Read the full story (posted to Instagram) below.
#Repost @ltdfoundation with @repostapp. ・・・ Today will forever be engraved as a Very Special Day in our hearts. A precious, strong and defiant young lady named Cassy walked into our lives and forever changed them! Cassy was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014, and then later at the age of only 14 was told this past January that she would possibly only survive another 6 Months.🙏 The relationship and history between Cassy, @austincarlile and the Band @omandm has been a rich one over the Years. When they found out that there was a possibility that Cassy could miss the release of their New OM&M Album, they sprung into action through their Great Team over at Raw Power Management who immediately contacted our LTD Foundation.❤️ Working alongside her favorite band OM&M, Our @ltdfoundation set up a Dream Day Full of Surprises for Cassy and Family!! Starting with the awesome room and gift bags from the nice people at ‘Crown Plaza Saddle Brook Hotel,’ then over to a private lunch at one of her fav’s ‘California Pizza Kitchen’ where she was even awarded her very own CPK chef coat and hat (Lucky).❤️ But undeniably, the most memorable for Cassy was the private listening party given to her by her favorite band @omandm; Cassy is the Very 1st Person to hear their New Album!❤️ And if all of that wasn’t enough, OM&M surprised her with the recording of Cassy clapping to the beat and told her that she will forever be engraved onto one of their songs (unbelievable).❤️ Today was a much needed day for Cassy, Mom, Cousin and Family, as was it for all involved… Today was a day to forget all the stresses and problems of the World and to be surrounded by nothing but pure Love, Happiness and Joy… Today Cassy was disease free; Today Cassy was “Living The Dream”…🙏 #ofmiceandmen #omandm #austincarlile #aaronpauley #alanashby #valentinoarteaga #philmanansala #rawpowermanagement #mattash #andrewsnape #riserecords #californiapizzakitchen #crownplazasaddlebrookhotel #ltdfoundation #hurley #4fini #sge @austincarlile @alanashby @youngfuego @aaronpauley @mrmoneycat @omandm @rawpowermanagement @matashup @snapeington @riserecords @californiapizzakitchen @ltdfoundation @hurley
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