It's always great to hear about celebrities going out of their way to thank and appreciate their fans, but this proves how much a star can really change a person's day.
Jackie Becker, age 38, of Massachusetts is a huge Mark Wahlberg fan and, lucky for her, he was recently in Framingham, MA filming his new action flick Patriots Day. Prepared to meet one of her favorite celebrities, Jackie, and her mother, Jean Becker, waited for hours just for a glimpse of the Boston movie star in action.
Jackie has been through much tougher ordeals, though. At the age of 6, Jackie contracted eastern equine encephalitis from a mosquito bite which has caused her serious brain damage and has also deteriorated her motor skills.
"She can't do the things she used to be able to do," Jackie's mother says. "She can't color, she can't play with dolls." But, from this tragedy, Jean says that movies and their stars became a big part of her world, so when they found out that Wahlberg would be filming in their hometown, "They knew what they had to do."
"I said to him we have this beautiful pizza from our local bakery, Framingham Bakery pizza, with these anisette cookies for him," Jean recounts saying when they visited the set. "He said that's great can you bring it over to the trailer.
Several hours later they were called to Wahlberg's trailer and, as Jean recalls,
He was wonderful. He came right up to Jackie, he leaned down to her, and he said hi to her...He thanked me for the pizza. His arms were rock hard and so was his waist. I'm telling you it was like cement.
But, the surprise wasn't over, yet. As they were getting ready to leave, Jackie and Jean were gifted one more thing by their host: tickets to the premiere of Patriots Day.
Jean was in shock:
I said you have no idea what you just did. It was the best day of her life, yeah, it was the best.
So, after all of her perseverance (and with a little help from some pizza and cookies), Jackie may soon be walking a red carpet at a Hollywood premiere.
You can watch the coverage in the video below. Patriots Day is set to premiere in January of 2017.