*When she’s not dancing with the stars, singer-actress Brandy is helping to brighten the day of an ailing teen from her hometown of McComb, Mississippi.
When the entertainer heard about 16-year-old Jessica Harris – who suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome and, due to insurance reasons, is not eligible for a transplant until January – the R&B star reached out to Harris and her family and invited them to join her in California for an early birthday party on Sunday (Oct. 24) ahead of the teen’s upcoming 17th celebrations next month.
Brandy treated her guests to a limousine ride, a tour of Los Angeles, a spa treatment and the chance to watch her perform on “Dancing with The Stars.” Brandy also hosted a dinner for Harris with her own relatives.
Brandy tells ETOnline, “I heard about Jessica Harris from my mom; her story was in the local paper in our hometown and the story just completely moved me. I was in tears and I was just really touched. Jessica needs a heart transplant – I want to do whatever it takes to put her story out there to get her help. People can donate. If any doctors are interested in helping her, any hospitals that are interested, this is why I’m doing this. It is a race against time.
“She has an amazing story, and for me to be a part of it is amazing; I just want to be a part of her life in any way I can. I just think creating special memories for someone like her is so important.”
Harris adds of her trip to Los Angeles, “It’s like a dream come true. I’ve always looked up to her as a little girl.”