Joined: 04 Aug 2002
Location: United Kingdom
|Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2002 9:40 am Post subject: Britney Leaves Them Hanging
|Source: Kiss FM
Sometimes you can't win. Pop star Britney Spears intended her visit to a hostel for young cancer victims in New York City as a gesture of kindness, but it didn't turn out that way, and that has left some of the patients and their caregivers upset, according to the New York Post.
Spears was scheduled late last week to make a quiet visit to the Ronald McDonald House, where she was told to expect six to ten young cancer patients. However, by the time she arrived, the word had spread around the facility about her visit, and a number of patients changed schedules, rearranged treatment sessions and did anything they could to be on hand for the famous singer's visit.
When Spears arrived for a short visit, she was faced with many more patients, staff and members of the children's families than expected. "When she walked in, there were 60 kids there with their parents," a spokeswoman for the facility told The Post. "Some of the kids had talked their doctors into rescheduling their chemotherapy."
Spears, accompanied by her sister, read to the group from the children's book "Clifford the Big Red Dog" but soon had to go. She left before she had time to have her picture taken with each of the children, leaving some of the young patients and their families very upset. "She left and they were crying," a volunteer told The Post. "You can't do that to sick children. They're not well, and she made it even worse."
A spokesman for Spears said that she felt bad but her time was limited: "She did the best that she could. She went there with the best of intentions...The kids had a fantastic time. They invited her back."