Mom's plea to connect cancer survivor son with Marcus Luttrell goes viral

Late last week, a mother took to Twitter with a plea to get her son, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, an opportunity to meet Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. After writing to various celebrities and figures on Twitter, Glenn saw her Tweet and helped make her wish come true.

Alison Wilson runs a blog called “An Ordinary Mom”, where she writes about raising and homeschooling her nine kids, the oldest of whom was diagnosed with brain cancer shortly before his eighteenth birthday.

Related: Alison Wilson opens up to TheBlaze: THE INSPIRING STORY OF HOW ‘AN ORDINARY MOM’ HELPED HER SON WHO HAS CANCER MEET MARCUS LUTTRELL (WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM GLENN BECK)

According to her blog, Alison was checking her inbox last Thursday when she saw an e-mail advertising Marcus Luttrell’s Patriot Tour. Knowing that her son would love to meet Marcus Luttrell one-on-one, she looked to see if any VIP tickets were available. But then she saw the show was just a little more than a day away and she couldn’t afford the $354 price tag.

“And my heart started pounding. I knew how much Ian would love to actually meet Marcus Luttrell. I clicked, and scrolled a little more, and then my heart sank. Those VIP tickets were $354. Each,” she wrote. “We’re getting by, by the grace of God and a lot of hard work from IT Guy, but we’re not rolling in it. We didn’t have the money for those tickets and I knew it. I wondered if we could raise the money… And then I noticed the date, a little over 24 hrs away.”

Alison refused to just give up on the opportunity to connect her son with an inspiring figure, and turned to social media to try and get the attention of Luttrell and others involved.

She went to Marcus Luttrell’s official Facebook page to share some of her son’s story:

I know this is a longshot, but I only found out about your tour today when I found out that you'll be in Minneapolis tomorrow. It would make my son's year to be able to meet you! His name is Ian, and he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor 2 yrs ago, shortly before his 18th birthday. All he ever wanted to be was a soldier, and an elite one at that. His brain tumor, and the physical disabilities the surgery left him with have disqualified him from ever doing the one thing he always wanted to do.

Anyway, we're going to try to get tickets to your show, but we cannot afford to get the VIP tickets. If I had heard about this earlier I would've done everything I could to fundraise in a hurry!

We've received a lot of help over the past 2 years, but I've never come right out and asked for it... but when I saw notice of your event, I knew I had to try. I'm wondering if there's anything you or any of your staff could do to get my son back to meet you tomorrow night?

(We never did do a Make-a-Wish trip but when we considered it, one of the things I thought of was trying to arrange a trip down to meet you!)

She also wrote to several conservative media figures, including Glenn:

Glenn ended up seeing her message, and told her he would do everything he could to help including personally writing to his friend Marcus Luttrell:

The next thing Alison knew, her and her son had VIP tickets waiting for them at Will Call.

“I don’t know if it was the weight of the note from Glenn Beck, or if it was the power of social media stirring up a bit of a viral storm as hundreds of people, maybe thousands by now, chimed in with their cyber-voices shouting for a chance for our Ian to meet a real live American hero. All I know is that it happened. It worked,” she wrote.

Once Alison and Ian got to the show, Marcus not only met with them but took them aside and spent 20 minutes of private conversation.

Below is a photo of Marcus and Ian from their private conversation:

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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