July 23, 2014

Lady Gaga makes local teens wish come true

Vinny Cictello on stage with Lady Gaga at her concert on July 7 at First Niagara Center.

Thousands of little monsters flocked to First Niagara Center last week to see their beloved Lady Gaga perform her chart-topping hits and songs from her latest album, “Artpop.”

The concert was everything you would imagine a Lady Gaga concert to be – crazy costume changes, erotic dancing, and the mother monster preaching to her fans about chasing their dreams. What people didn’t expect came after she performed “Do What You Want.”

The dancers left the stage as Lady Gaga made her way over to her piano. Along the way, a fan threw a denim jacket onto the stage. She put on the sleeveless jacket and realized a note was attached, written by a 17-year-old boy named Vinny Cicatello. As she read the note aloud to the crowd, she learned Cicatello has been trying to meet her through Make-A-Wish since December 2012.

Cicatello was born with no immunes and at five months old already battled thrush and pneumonia. It was at that point his family was called to the hospital and learned he was diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).

“The first thrush infection he had should have taken over and killed him. The first cold he got that turned into pneumonia should have killed him. He’s our miracle baby. He was put here for a reason,” Cicatello’s grandma, Deb Halbert, said.

Right after being diagnosed, Cicatello was sent to Duke Hospital to receive a bone marrow transplant. Though he got some immunes, the transplant didn’t do enough. He has been taking immunes ever since to help keep him from getting sick.

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