Morgan Wallen Grants Wish For Brave 19-Year-Old Battling Rare Cancer At Wrigley Field Concert

Taking a quick pause from the show, Wallen approached Karlie and made her dream of getting a photo with him come true. 

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Andrew Wendowski

Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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Posted on June 26, 2023

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Morgan Wallen, Karlie; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Morgan Wallen made a dream come true for Karlie, a brave 19-year-old girl fighting a rare form of cancer, when he helped her add a check to her bucket list during his sold-out concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago on June 22.

The young fan, who was seated on the floor behind the GA pit, held up a sign that read, “GOALS: Beat cancer twice √, Picture with Morgan Wallen ▢.”

Fans Rallied Behind Karlie At The Concert To Make Her Dream Come True

Since Karlie was originally seated several yards from the stage, she experienced difficulty getting the “Everything I Love” singer’s attention. However, moved by her sign and unwavering determination, a group of fans collectively ensured that Karlie’s wish became a reality.

In the midst of Wallen’s performance of “Wasted On You,” the crowd collectively helped her navigate her way to the front row. 

After performing the chart-topping tune, Wallen spotted Karlie holding up her sign and immediately went to greet her. Taking a quick pause from the show, Wallen approached Karlie and made her dream of getting a photo with him come true. 

Karlie is currently undergoing treatment at Rush Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and the experience of meeting Morgan Wallen added a memorable and uplifting moment to her journey. The kind gesture from Wallen and the support of his dedicated fans not only made Karlie’s night but also served as a reminder of the power of music and community in bringing joy and hope during challenging times.

Karlie; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Karlie; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Karlie Is Fighting A Rare Form Of Cancer

RUSH University Children’s Hospital documented Karlie’s memorable evening at the Morgan Wallen concert in a post to Instagram. 

“Karlie and her best friend had been planning to go to the Morgan Wallen concert in Chicago since last year when they got tickets for Christmas. In February of 2023, Karlie began experiencing back pain, and was soon found to have relapsed Ewing sarcoma in her spine,” the post reads. “She began chemotherapy again, requiring many overnight stays. Treatment, imaging appointments, surgery consults, and requiring platelets didn’t stop these girls from going to the concert though.”

Karlie got ready for the concert while at the hospital with help from her oncology nurses and child life specialist.  

“I didn’t think I’d be getting ready in the hospital, but after living here for the last 3 years, I wouldn’t expect anything else,” Karlie said, according to the hospital. 

Wallen Made His Highly-Anticipated Return To The Stage

Following a six-week vocal rest that sidelined him from touring, Morgan Wallen made his highly anticipated return to the stage during the Wrigley Field concert on June 22.

The country superstar was all smiles as he stepped onto the stage in front of a near record-breaking crowd of 41,538 fans in Windy City, resuming his sold-out One Night At A Time World Tour. The show marked the first of two nights at the iconic stadium. Wallen is the first country artist to sell out back-to-back nights at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

“‘Bout six weeks ago, I wasn’t really sure when I was gonna be able to sing again, but WE BACK!’” Wallen exclaimed. He went on to graciously thank his fans for sticking by his side and for their dedication to his music. “I see more of y’all’s support, so I could not make it through without everything y’all do for me, so thank you. I’m really, really happy to be here,” he continued. ”Thank you so much for showing up.”

Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of Matthew Paskert
Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of Matthew Paskert

Donated $100,000 To Revitalize Bessemer Park

Ahead of night two of back-to-back sold-out shows at Wrigley Field, Morgan Wallen and Cubs Charities joined forces to donate $250,000 to support the revitalization of South Chicago’s Bessemer Park baseball field.

Keri Blackwell, Deputy Director, Cubs Charities; Morgan Wallen; Rosa Escareño, General Superintendent & CEO of Chicago Park District; Photo Provided by David Lehr
Keri Blackwell, Deputy Director, Cubs Charities; Morgan Wallen; Rosa Escareño, General Superintendent & CEO of Chicago Park District; Photo Provided by David Lehr

Morgan Wallen is currently in the midst of his One Night At A Time World Tour, which kicked off on April 14 with back-to-back nights at Milwaukee’s American Family Field. The 63-show trek features support from ERNEST and Bailey Zimmerman on all dates. HARDY and Parker McCollum will also appear on select dates.

The One Night At A Time World Tour comes in support of Wallen’s latest album, One Thing At A Time.

For a complete list of Morgan Wallen’s upcoming tour dates, click HERE.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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