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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — A campaign launched by family and friends to grant the wish of a very sick little girl met success Saturday.
Seven-year-old cancer patient Millie Flamm wanted more than anything to meet her favorite singer, Justin Bieber. Saturday she got the chance when she met face-to-face with him hours before his concert in Salt Lake City.
Millie was first diagnosed three years ago with Leukemia. A year and a half ago, the girl was supposed to be finished with treatment, but doctors told the Flamms the cancer had returned. Two weeks ago, they received the same news.
"This time she is definitely having a harder time," said Millie's mother Amanda Flamm. "She told her daddy twice with cancer would have been OK, but three times is just not fair."
The family had bought Millie tickets to Bieber's concert at Energy Solutions Arena, but upon the news of her most recent relapse and weakened immune system, they had to sell the tickets.
"It was hard to sell her tickets," Amanda said. "We have even had the heart to tell her that she can't go yet. She doesn't know the concert is today."
That's when friends and hundreds of community members stepped up on social media to help her meet Bieber. And he heard. He said he had never been contacted by so many people in an effort like this.
Upon hearing of the girl's story, Bieber agreed to meet with her.
"Justin Bieber is my favorite singer and I love, love, love him," Millie said after meeting him.
Her parents were anxious before the meeting and didn't tell her until just before he walked in to meet her what was happening. Bieber met privately with only Millie and her family.
Bieber sang her favorite song "Baby" and held her little hand. Then he gave her a kiss on the cheek. In true "Belieber" fashion, Millie told her mother she would never wash her face again.
"It was really sweet," were the words Millie used to describe the moment, her mother told KSL in an interview.
"There is no way to say thank you to everybody that helped make this happen," Amanda said. "...I have no words but 'thank you' and that's not even enough."
Millie has a long road ahead of her, but her parents are hopeful she will beat cancer for good. They hope to bring her home in about three weeks, where she can dance to all the Bieber she wants.