Call him the real sweet Shady. Eminem fulfilled the lifelong wish of terminally ill cancer patient Gage Garmo this past weekend, when he met with the teen face to face in his Rochester, Michigan home. On Monday, Jan. 12, Garmo passed away, one day after meeting his rap idol.
The superstar rapper, 42, surprised Garmo, 17, on Sunday, Jan. 11, after learning that the ailing high school student had one week to live. The Detroit Free Press reported that the two sat together in Garmo's living room, and talked hip-hop and football.
Their meet and greet was made possible via social media efforts after Garmo's friends and classmates spread the word that the teen, wanted to meet his idol before he passes away. Michigan-based charity The Rainbow Connection, which grants wishes to children facing terminal illnesses, caught wind of Garmo's case, and set up a meeting within 48 hours.
A Rainbow Connection employee told the paper that Gage "sat up with a grin on his face" upon seeing the "Guts Over Fear" rapper. "His family hadn't seen their son do that in such a long time," she added.
The executive director of the organization praised Detroit native Eminem for being "able on such short notice" to pay a visit to Garmo at his home.
In 2008, Garmo was diagnosed with bone cancer in his freshman year of high school. According to the Detroit Free Press, he had undergone numerous procedures when a sudden downturn last week revealed that he had one week to live.
While Eminem has remained silent on his Twitter account since Christmas, his Shady Records label mate Royce da 5'9'' (nee Ryan Montgomery) wrote about the visit on his Instagram.
"Mission accomplished," the "Boom" rapper wrote alongside a photo of Garmo. "God Bless this beautiful kid and thank you guys for all your hard work..."