Sunday evening the emcee met up with 17 year-old Gage Garmo in his family’s living room and hanging out to talk hip-hop and football to fulfill’s his final wish.
“Gage sat up with a grin on his face,” said Rainbow Connection’s Ingrid Todt, on hand as Eminem arrived at the Garmo home. “His family hadn’t seen their son do that in such a long time.”
Garmo was diagnosed with bone cancer three years ago as a freshman at Rochester High School, and had undergone a series of treatments and surgeries before an abrupt downturn last week left him with just days to live.
With his friends and classmates urgently spreading the word on social media, area news outlets picked up on the story, and Gage’s get-together with Eminem was soon in motion.
The visit was ultimately arranged by Rainbow Connection, which works to grant wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses. Gage was already on the group’s radar, but word of his sudden downturn spurred a 48-hour scramble to contact Em’s team and hammer out details.
“We’re so glad we were able to reach Eminem’s people and they were able to respond, and Eminem was able on such short notice to go and see this boy in his own home,” said executive director Mary Grace McCarter. “It says something about everybody, really. I hope all the students and friends of Gage feel good about their well-wishes too.”