BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local five-year-old got a huge surprise on Friday morning.
Pandora (5) was born with Holt-Oram syndrome, a genetic condition that affects her arms and hands, and life has been a little tough lately.
“She has a couple friends at school that we caught last week calling her little hands,” her mother, Shauna Lombardi said.
But WNY wasn’t going to let Pandora get knocked down.
She happens to be a big Carrie Underwood fan, and a whole network of people helped make her dreams come true by giving her and her mom tickets to Underwood’s performance in Buffalo next month.
She also learned she’s going to meet Underwood!
This all started at the Kane Brown concert back in August. A woman named Taryn Lewien saw Pandora and her mother didn’t have a great view of Brown and asked them to sit next to her. At the concert, Lewien learned Pandora also loves Carrie Underwood, so she reached out to her friend, Kate Glaser, who runs the a blog called Hope Rises. Hope Rises wrote about Pandora’s story, and WYRK’s Clay and Company saw the story.
“I think once you put it out there, you don’t really know what you’re going to get back from it, but the community came out in droves,” Glaser said.
Clay and Company helped get tickets to the Underwood concert, and a meet and greet. Hope Rises raised about $500 to give Pandora a makeover before the concert, along with dinner, and a limo ride there.
“When she walked in, the whole room melted,” Clay Moden said. “She’s incredible. Obviously she has a lot of challenges that we’ll never know, but that’s why we’re here, to at least help with some of that. It was an emotional moment to say the least.”
Watch the moment this sweet, shy little girl learned what was happening in the video above.