American Teen With Illness Travels to Korea to Meet K-Pop Idols
An American teenage girl with a serious illness has been able to sing with the South Korean boy band she idolizes. Donika Sterling on Wednesday told the five-member K-pop group SHINee in Korean that she loved them.
The 15-year-old has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which gradually causes the loss of muscle tissue and slows down parts of the body.
Sterling and SHINee both sang parts of the 2009 song "Ring Ding Dong." She smiled and clasped a bracelet given to her by a SHINee member.
SHINee members told reporters in Seoul they were extremely touched when Donika said the group's music gives her strength.
Sterling is from Brooklyn and said she hopes to see SHINee again if they have a New York concert. On Sunday (June 17) she got to meet the hit group Super Junior while they were shooting a music video. All nine member reportedly sang their song 'Sorry Sorry' a cappella.
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