Destiney Chitrodom of Omaha is one of the biggest Justin Bieber fans you could meet. The 14-year-old has seen the pop star perform twice, and she loved it each time.
It’s all the more special, then, that Destiney gave her tickets to Saturday’s concert at the CenturyLink Center to another Belieber who hasn’t had the opportunity to enjoy Bieber the way she has.
Destiney and her mother, Angelique Menks, gave their tickets to Omahan Emily Koesters, 9, who has a rare genetic dwarfism disease and has endured two bouts with cancer, a kidney transplant and a host of other medical problems.
The tickets were donated to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, and Emily’s name was chosen randomly from a list of children.
“She’s very excited,” said Emily’s mom, Erin Koesters. “She was like, ‘Really? I get to go?’ I said, ‘Yes,’ and she said, ‘Oh, mom.’ It was pretty awesome.”
Next week is Emily’s 10th birthday, so Saturday’s concert will act as a birthday celebration, too.
“It’s a nice distraction for us all,” Koesters said.
Destiney and Emily met last week, talked about Bieber and took pictures together.
Destiney said she wanted to give the tickets to someone who would enjoy them as a way of “paying it forward.”
“I had so much fun. It’s great to look back on. Every time I think about the concert, it makes me smile,” Destiney said. “Hopefully, Emily will enjoy it like I did.”
“She’s a huge fan,” said Destiney’s mom. “She has a shrine in her bedroom. For her to do this, it made us proud. This is our first time doing this, and it’s not going to be our last.”