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.
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:
@ordinary_mom I just wrote to Marcus and I will do all I can to help. Never quit and God bless you and your family.— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) August 9, 2013
The next thing Alison knew, her and her son had VIP tickets waiting for them at Will Call.
@glennbeck Many thanks! Ian will be meeting one of his real American heroes tonight!! It's impossible to tell you how much this means to us!— Alison (@ordinary_mom) August 9, 2013
“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.
@mamakautz We got to spend about 20 minutes w/him & his wife before the show! Sitting on a couch just talking. I wasn't expecting that!— Alison (@ordinary_mom) August 10, 2013
@mamakautz We went to the meet & greet event, then were pulled aside for that 20 minutes of private time! He wanted to get to talk to Ian!— Alison (@ordinary_mom) August 10, 2013
Below is a photo of Marcus and Ian from their private conversation: