Stevie Wonder Donates to Child Cancer Patient Jasmine Faulk: 'We Are So Grateful,' Says Father
Stevie Wonder is signing one big check this Christmas.
The music icon has donated $100,000 to Jasmine Faulk, California police officer Everett Faulk's 10-year-old daughter who is battling a rare form of cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Wonder presented the check — written out to the Hermosa Beach Police Officers' Association, which set up a fund for Jasmine's benefit — to the Faulk family during his 17th Annual House Full of Toys benefit, a concert dedicated to helping children in need around the holidays.
"I had a feeling Stevie was going to do something but I wasn't sure what," Everett, who has been working security for Wonder since 1997, told Celebuzz. "When Stevie found out about Jasmine, he was extremely emotional. He told me I'll take care of you. When Stevie says that he really means it. All the years I've been working with Stevie he has never closed his hands for anyone. He is truly amazing."
During the Saturday night show at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre, Wonder even serenaded Jasmine on stage. "He sang 'Isn't She Lovely,'" Everett explained. "It was just beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.... Stevie always loves to surprise people and always gives from his heart. He is like family to me."
Jasmine soaked up her moment in the spotlight, as the crowd erupted into cheers for her. "I have cancer but God's going to get me through it," she said. "I love you Stevie."
Wonder's charitable contribution follows in the footsteps of Charlie Sheen, who shelled out $75,000 — with his longtime friend and stuntman Eddie Braun adding another $25,000 — to Jasmine's fight against cancer, which will see her undergo 48 treatments of chemotherapy and radiation over the next year.Celebuzz. “But for someone to come out and donate a large amount like Eddie Braun and Charlie Sheen, it’s touching. They did it with personal checks, like ‘Hey, I want to give this to them.’ They didn’t make a big thing. They want this girl to be taken care of as much as she can.”
As Jasmine continues to receive care, such star-backed donation will make the medical payments easier. “It’s going to help out tremendously,” Everett said. “A hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money…. We don’t have to go crazy and worry about stuff. I do have insurance, but insurance doesn’t cover everything.... It is such a blessing what they have done and they don’t even know her."