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Ovation: Jon Bon Jovi Is Pretty Awesome.
When I was young, I was never a fan of “hair metal” bands or any of the hard rock-‘n’-roll acts that lots of other kids enjoyed. Frankly, I thought many of them only really listened to their music in an effort to annoy their parents. My younger brother truly appeared to enjoy KISS but the only group in the genre that I wanted to listen to was Bon Jovi … and that was, primarily, because their lead singer was so darned cute.
Jon Bon Jovi went on to find great fame in the entertainment industry winning Golden Globe Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards and finding himself nominated for Grammy Awards and even an Oscar when, in 1991, his hit single “Blaze of Glory” was in the running for Best Original Song. What many don’t know about Bon Jovi is that he is quite the philanthropist and works extensively with charitable groups including the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and many others. Married to his high school sweetheart since 1989, Bon Jovi is the father of four children and has never forgotten his New Jersey roots.
When Mario Carpino of Swedesboro, New Jersey, was only four years old he was diagnosed with four inoperable brain tumors. After years of chemotherapy treatments, his tumors have since stabilized. Now ten years old, the amazing boy has raised more than $150,000.00 toward finding a cure for childhood cancer through his work with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Months before his fourth annual lemonade stand event last week, Mario started a Facebook page to try to lure his favorite singer, Jon Bon Jovi, to attend. Although the campaign gathered thousands of LIKEs, the Carpino family never heard from the singer.
Then Jon Bon Jovi flew to New Jersey and showed up at the lemonade stand.
“Little did we know that he would just show up and surprise me. As much as I wanted it to be him, I thought it couldn’t happen. I just started breaking down, crying, and shaking. I was a hot mess!” – Anna Carpino, Mario’s mother.
Apparently, Bon Jovi learned about the fundraiser from his son who urged him to go. Once there, he posed for photographs, signed Mario’s t-shirt and even gave him his hat.
“Thank you Jon for making Mario’s dream come true.” – Anna Carpino via Facebook.
So far, Mario’s fourth lemonade stand event has raised more than $31,000 (To make a donation of your own, click here.) and Jon Bon Jovi has given me yet another reason to admire him. He might not wear his hair long and sport hoops in both ears any more, but it appears that his heart continues to grow and will soon be as huge as his wonderful smile.
Are you a Bon Jovi fan?
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