Feb. 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM ET
Battling a rare form of cancer, Avalanna Routh scored the most coveted Valentine’s Day date in the world this year.
Affectionately known as “Mrs. Bieber’’ by her famous “husband,’’ the 6-year-old Boston girl got to spend the day in New York with Justin Bieber on Monday after an online campaign and a report by NBC Boston affiliate WHDH caught the eye of the pop star. He flew Routh and her family to Manhattan for a special date.
During their meeting, the two played board games, signed autographs for each other, and Routh even was able to lay her hands on the famous Bieber hairdo and style it her own way.
“That was one of the best things I have ever done,’’ Bieber later tweeted. “She was AWESOME. Feeling really inspired right now.’’
Another tweet read, “Best part of my day.’’
Last year, thanks to the Jimmy Fund, Routh got a pretend marriage to Bieber to earn the moniker “Mrs. Bieber.’’ Her family created a Facebook page dedicated to somehow arranging a meeting between Routh and Bieber, and it came to fruition three days after Bieber tweeted the link to the WHDH segment to his more than 17 million followers. For almost her entire life, Routh has fought against an aggressive and rare form of cancer known as ATRT that is diagnosed in less than 30 cases per year.
The little girl has loved Bieber longer than she’s been alive, as she joked during her “date’’ with him. Asked how long she has been a Bieber fan, Routh replied, “Seven years. No, 80. Eighty years.’’
The hashtag #MrsBieber trended worldwide on Twitter Monday as news of the special meeting in advance of Valentine’s Day spread.
“It’s wonderful,’’ Aileen Routh, Avalanna’s mother, told NBC News. “It was another fun moment.’’
Like the rest of the legion of Bieber fans, Routh was afflicted with a certain condition sweeping the world on Valentine’s Day.
“I got Bieber fever,’’ she told NBC News before smiling.
Find more information about the disease that the 6-year-old girl was fighting at CURE AT/RT Now.