When 16-year-old JESSICA GRADY had surgery to remove a brain tumor last March, CELINE DION's music helped her through the painful recovery. Tonight, Jessica is meeting her idol live in Las Vegas and only "The Insider" can take you into the joyful introduction!
"Oh, this is so cool!" Jessica exclaims. "She's the best singer in the whole world. I wanted to meet her so bad!"
Jessica enjoys playing soccer and singing in the school choir. But a cranial MRI interrupted all that when it revealed a D-Net tumor. Surgery was required, but the prognosis for Jessica was shaky: "I had to say goodbye to my family like I was never going to see them again."
The operation was successful, but as a result Jessica suffers from short-term memory loss, making it difficult for her to study for tests in school. After learning about her condition, the Children's Wish Foundation arranged for her, her parents and her brothers to fly from their Orlando home to Las Vegas and attend Celine's "A New Day" show at the majestic Caesars Palace.
But what Jessica didn't know is that she was also going to get to meet the 'Titanic' talent in her dressing room before the concert.
"You look fabulous! You should be onstage!" Celine told the starstruck teen, who was dolled up in a formal evening gown. The Grammy winner gave Jessica a CD package and told her, "We'll do the show for you tonight," joking, "You probably know my songs better than I do. If I forget my words, I'll look at you."
To see Jessica's reaction and learn more about Celine, check our 'Multimedia' Section later!