Congratulations Selena Gomez!
She was presented with Billboard’s 2017 Woman of the Year Award, but what was really touching is who was able to give her that award. It was her best friend and kidney donor Francia Raisa.
If you recall Selena Gomez suffers from Lupus (an auto-immune disease that attacks vital organs in one’s body) and earlier this summer she was 2 weeks away from kidney failure and needed a transplant. Francia Raisa (who you may know from The Secret Life of the American Teenager) is not only one of her best friend but a perfect match and opted to donate one of her kidneys for Selena.
I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
Francia was honored to present Selena with the award, and her story is so touching. Take a look.
If that isn’t #BestFriendGoals, I don’t know what is.
After receiving the award Selena gave a very touching speech that will put you to tears.
So if you can, please grab that box of tissues right now!
This whole story just really makes you stop and think about the little things in life and to really appreciate what you have. You just don’t know what can happen to you tomorrow. So stop and smell the roses!
Also take a chance to see Selena talk about the kidney transplant, possibly a new album on the way, her friendship with Justin Bieber, advise she would give, and what to look forward to 2018.
Don’t miss and see what Francia had to say about her experience with the kidney transplant and how she decided she was going to be the donor & what lesson she learned from it.