Dave Grohl Helps Out a Dying Fan

Aussie with terminal cancer will meet the band
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2015 12:43 PM CDT
Dave Grohl speaks at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – A big Foo Fighters fan with terminal cancer will get to scratch off one item from his wish list: meeting Dave Grohl and the band. The band was flying home from Australia when a flight attendant told Grohl about the wish of her friend, Australian Ken Powell, 56, who has late-stage melanoma, reports Yahoo News. Grohl—who had to cancel all his meet-and-greet fan sessions while in Australia because of food poisoning, dashing Powell's hopes of meeting the celeb—was apparently touched.

He posed for a photo with a "Hi Ken" sign, passed along souvenirs, and set aside VIP tickets for a show in Los Angeles where Powell can meet the band. While Grohl didn't provide the airfare, the Internet is taking care of that. Powell is donating any excess funds—and more than $21,000 has been raised so far—to melanoma research. "Yes," writes Bernard Zuel at the Sydney Morning Herald, "you are allowed to say awwww, that's so sweet."

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