Rapper Eminem granted a young man’s last dying wish just hours before the 17-year-old passed away after a long fight with cancer. The Detroit rapper visited Gage Garmon on Sunday evening, surprising him in the family’s living room and hanging out to talk hip-hop and football.
Three years ago Garmo was diagnosed with bone cancer while still a freshman at Rochester High School. Gram had undergone a series of treatments and surgeries before an abrupt downturn last week left him with just days left to live.
As his fight against cancer worsened, his friends and classmates took to social media and begged and pleaded for Eminem to visit the brave teenager. The group at Rainbow Connection, which works to grant wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses, was eventually able to arrange the meeting. “Gage sat up with a grin on his face,” said Rainbow Connection’s Ingrid Todt, “His family hadn’t seen their son do that in such a long time.”
In just a 48 hour period the group was able to contact Eminem and arrange a meeting. “We’re so glad we were able to reach Eminem’s people and they were able to respond, and Eminem was able on such short notice to go and see this boy in his own home,” said executive director Mary Grace McCarter. “It says something about everybody, really. I hope all the students and friends of Gage feel good about their well-wishes too.”
Following his visit with Gage Garmo, Shady Records artist Royce da 5’9”, who was in attendance of the meet and greet said he was “on the verge of dropping a (t)ear or two.”