”This is my friend Owen, everybody. He’s a member of our family here. We love him so much and he deserves and needs all of our love. And I’m going to sing this song special for you tonight, Owen, okay?”
These are the words that came out of renown pop star Lady GaGa’s mouth Sunday during a show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The person she was talking to?
Twelve-year-old Owen Zelinski of Clearfield. The boy calmly sat next to her on the piano bench, in front of thousands of people, accepting a kiss on the cheek and intently listening while she sang one of her hits, “Edge of Glory,” to him.
Affected by severe autism, as well as a rare brain disorder and rare form of epilepsy, Owen’s mother, Jennifer Brendel Collins, has been on a mission for about one year to fulfill her son’s dream to meet Lady Gaga.