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Madonna Grants Dying Teen’s Wish

February 13, 2003

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) _ What began with Madonna granting a dying teen’s wish blossomed into a friendship between the pop music star and the aspiring actress-dancer.

Kerri Yascheshyn, 17, from this Canadian border city, died of liver cancer Sunday. Madonna had been calling her daily since late January, chatting about everything from dancing to the afterlife, The Windsor Star reported Wednesday.

The first call had been arranged by the Children’s Wish Foundation, but Madonna kept in touch. She sent the teen books and a case of what she called ``healing water.″

Madonna’s mother, a French Canadian, died of cancer in 1963.

``Madonna was very positive and encouraged Kerri to pray,″ said Kerri’s mother, Gail Yascheshyn. ``She kept telling her not to be negative, and would call whenever she thought about Kerri, sometimes from her cell phone.″

The calls meant a great deal to the teen, who had a virulent but rare form of liver cancer, her family said.

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