After a blockage in her pituitary gland forced her to go through brain surgery last year, 13-year-old Giana DiLascio finally found her luck on Tuesday.
Tina DiLascio, the Make-A-Wish child’s mother, was busy picking up documents when she suddenly spotted Justin Timberlake in the very New York City office
building she stood in. Giana’s idol Justin Timberlake was making his way through to get to one of five scheduled interviews for his press tour.
Giana’s mother screamed out for the artist, even as security pushed him through. While Timberlake was turning down mere autograph requests due to his tight schedule, being told that the daughter was a brain surgery survivor in the Make-A-Wish program was all it took to immediately stop him.
The Grammy-winning artist—who was recently awarded the VMA’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as well—patiently waited to meet the teenager as Tina called her in.
“I thought it was a joke. I couldn’t believe it,” Giana reminisced of the moment was whisked into the building. “I’m still in shock.”
The young girl saw Timberlake’s kindness firsthand as he ignored security’s demands against pictures, joking that he would take one “only if [she made] it [her] screen saver.”
Tina remarked that she was most surprised by the humbleness of the celebrity, who has been a huge name in music for so long.
Justin Timberlake made sure to tell Giana to “be well” before he had to leave for his next interview.
The 13-year old now states that she would like to “change someone’s life too,” just as Justin changed hers that day.
Believing that the appearance of her child’s idol was a sign that Giana’s condition was a “death sentence” turned “life sentence,” Tina DiLascio now understands now that “it’s just about paying it forward.