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Wausau area girl gets wish: Kayleigh meets Lady Gaga Wednesday

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Kayleigh Gurzynski & Lady Gaga
Kayleigh Gurzynski & Lady Gaga

CHICAGO, IL (WSAU) -  A Wausau area girl with a terminal illness had her wish come true Wednesday. Kayleigh Gurzynski is 5 1/2 years old and has a terminal and inoperable heart condition. She also has a love of music... especially songs by Lady Gaga.

Little Kayleigh wished she could meet the singing star. WIFC Radio personality Tony Waitekus made a few phone calls last year, and to everyone’s surprise, Lady Gaga’s management team contacted the Gurbynski family to arrange for Kayleigh’s wish at the Chicago show.

Just one problem. Waitekus says Lady Gaga’s tour was cancelled yesterday due to her own illness. “She can’t do the show due to joint pain. She can barely walk herself, and in spite of the fact that there’s no show, she made an effort to meet Kaylee. I’ve never seen that happen in my history of being in radio.”

It turned out Kayleigh Gurzynski was the only fan to see Lady Gaga in Chicago.

Waitekus compliments the singing star, because whether you appreciate the songs, or the outlandish costumes, Lady Gaga did the right thing. “It just goes to show that no matter what you say about some of these high-falutin artists, many of them do have huge hearts and put them to good use sometimes, and that happened here. She did the right thing, and she did it because she wanted to do it. I just can’t say enough about her for doing that.”

Lady Gaga has synovitis, or extreme inflammation of joints and a hip injury. Kayleigh Gurzynski has a hypoplastic left heart and Turner’s Syndrome. Kayleigh is already the longest living child with those conditions ever treated at Milwaukee Children’s Hospital.

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