America's Got Talent fan-favorite Nightbirde raises $500K for cancer treatment as she quits show to battle disease
AMERICA'S Got Talent fan-favorite Nightbirde has raised over $500K for her cancer treatment as she quit the show to battle the disease.
Recently, the musician, real name Jane Marczewski, made a surprise appearance on the program, which led judge Simon Cowell to break down.
The 30-year-old is currently raising money on GoFundMe, and while she originally set a goal of $30K, it has been shattered as donations have taken her past the half-a-million mark.
Nightbirde wrote on the page: "This spring, I experienced a true miracle. Hundreds of tumors died in my body, after being given 3-6 months to live. It was a whirlwind of a year, and my friends, family, and fans gave tens of thousands of dollars for a treatment that saved my life."
She continued: "We are confident that the same cancer treatments as before will yield the same amazing results, and I’m calling on you for some help once again, as they’re not covered by my insurance.
'DESPERATELY NEED IT'
"It pains me to ask again for money, but I ask as Moses did when he needed water, and he spoke to the rock; as the friend banging on his neighbor’s door asking for bread in the night. Not because I am entitled to your help, but because I desperately need it…"
She concluded: "I believe my story is far from over, and I just need a little more to get through to the other side. I love you, and thank you for being heroes in my story."
Earlier this month, the songwriter revealed to fans her "health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention."
She added: "I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of AGT. Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it—but we knew that already."
Nightbirde would later admit to Chris Cuomo on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time, that her "liver right now is mostly cancer."
The AGT star impressed Simon so much with her emotional performance he decided to send her straight to the live shows.
Recently, Nightbirde stunned fans when made a surprise appearance after dropping out of the competition.
"You made the decision, rightly so, that your health is your priority right now," Simon told Nightbirde who appeared via Zoom.
He added: "Even though you haven't competed, you've already won. As Terry [Crews] said, your clip has had such an impact on so many people and your courage and who you are."
On a previous blog post on her website, Nightbirde revealed that in 2019, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer after “innumerable tumors were found throughout my lungs, liver, lymph nodes, ribs, and spine," and she was told she had "six months to live."
In July 2020 she went into remission, however, the cancer would return.
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