Country artist Jelly Roll made a profound impact on 12-year-old Preston Wells, a devoted fan battling Stage 4 cancer. Preston, an East Tennessee native, is not only passionate about Jelly Roll’s music but also engages in charitable work, regularly writing letters to military members and prison inmates.
When radio hosts Joey and Nancy on 107.7 WIVK learned about Preston’s admiration for Jelly Roll, they used their platform to connect the young fan with his idol. Jelly Roll, upon hearing about Preston’s story, made a special trip to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital during the Thanksgiving holidays to meet him.
The heartwarming encounter, shared on TikTok, showcased Jelly Roll’s genuine care and generosity. He presented Preston with a signed hoodie, promising to stay connected by sharing his gamer tag for online gaming sessions. Amanda, Preston’s mother, expressed deep gratitude, describing Jelly Roll as “the most caring, sincere gentleman” and praising how he made her son feel like a “celebrity” for the day.
In an interview, Amanda highlighted Jelly Roll’s authenticity, emphasizing that he wasn’t just there for a favor or views but genuinely honored to meet Preston. For a child who has been battling illness for a long time, this surprise visit brought immeasurable joy and happiness. Preston himself expressed his excitement, calling it a “big surprise” and describing Jelly Roll as a “very down-to-earth person.” The touching encounter reflects the positive impact artists can have on their fans, especially during challenging times.
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