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Terminally ill Rib Mountain child to meet singer Lady Gaga


WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -  Sometimes, knowing the right people can make special things happen.

Just ask five-and-a-half year old Kaylee Gurbynski of Rib Mountain. Kaylee has a terminal medical condition, and she’s not expected to live much longer. What Kaylee wants to do before she passes away is see her favorite singing star Lady Gaga.

She will get her wish.

Our sister station, 95.5 WIFC was able to get the ball moving for Kaylee to see Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour at the United Center in Chicago February 14th.

WIFC’s Tony Waitekus learned about Kaylee’s wish by email, so he made a few calls. “I called the Interscope Records representative in Chicago and talked to him. He told me what to do, where to submit the email, what it should say. I sent that to him. He had no expectations that anything would happen. Anyhow, he forwarded it to the right people and the right people got back to him and told him “yes” (which) kind of stunned both of us. Eventually Lady Gaga’s management had contacted Kaylee’s mom directly to confirm a date.”

Her mother Melissa Persiki says Kaylee is already the longest surviving Milwaukee Childrens Hospital patient with both a hypoplastic left heart and Turner’s Syndrome. “Kaylee’s health has declined, and she’s not a heart transplant candidate” adding, “her heart is not fixable.”

Waitekus says all of the right people have said yes to Kaylee’s request, so all that’s left is setting the final details. “I’d be feeling a whole lot more comfortable once those details are worked out, but at this point in time, it looks like somethings going to happen and I hope Kaylee makes it to see it.”

WIFC’s midday host Waitekus was familiar with Kaylee from an October 2011 early Christmas event, since doctors were not sure she would live until Christmas. She has already lived beyond expectations, and is Milwaukee Childrens Hospital’s longest living patient with these conditions.

While hospitalized in a coma for eight days last year, nurses played Kaylee’s Lady Gaga music for her around the clock. They still use the music for daily therapy exercises.

Kaylee and her family made a visit to WIFC’s Kallaway On The Rise morning show with Dave Kallaway and Stacy Cole Tuesday. You can watch the video of that visit at their website, WIFC.com.

There is a fundraiser Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to closing time at Day's Bowl-A-Dome in Wausau to help raise the expenses for Kaylee's trip.