Somerset girl battling cancer will meet Ed Sheeran
By: Chloe Leshner
SOMERSET, Mass. (WLNE) — A Somerset girl battling a rare form of brain cancer will get to meet her favorite singer on Friday. Ed Sheeran and his music mean so much to this little girl and her family, his songs are helping all of them handle things 10 year olds should never have to deal with.
The entire Oehmen family knows just about every word to every Ed Sheeran song because it’s all Selina wanted to hear during treatment for a terminal brain tumor. Now they’ll get to watch one of her dreams come true when they meet him on Friday
Ed Sheeran constantly plays at the Oehmen house and no one seems to mind.
"I think every kid that has cancer has a coping mechanism," says Ken Oehmen.
For his 10 year old daughter Selina, Ed Sheeran’s music has been a comfort since she was diagnosed with a rare brain stem tumor, DIPG, in January.
"When they give you the news that that’s what your child has, they’re also giving you a death sentence for your child," says Selina’s mom Michelle.
Six months ago her health went from bad to worse with a hemorrhage that put her in a coma for 2 months. When she came out of it, Selina could no longer speak. Her parents and 2 older brothers finding other ways to communicate with her, learning the bubbly, young lady is not giving up.
"When you ask her how are you feeling, do you want to continue to fight this and she turns her head to yes then that gives us the strength to keep pushing forward," says Mr. Oehmen.
During every surgery, chemo and radiation appointment, Ed Sheeran has played. When they found out he was playing Gillette, they got tickets. As exciting as that was for Selina, the news got even better today. Local radio station, Fun 107, was giving them backstage passes to meet the music superstar.
"To talk to him and express how important his music is to somebody going through that illness to me is huge as a dad," says Ken.
September happens to be childhood cancer awareness month. The Oehmen family says only 4 percent of cancer funding in the U.S. goes toward childhood cancer, something they hope will change since no child diagnosed with DIPG has ever been in remission.
If you’d like to donate to Selina’s family, a fundraiser has been set up here: https://www.gofundme.com/5qdsb-selina-strong
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