Special Fan Welcomes Country Singer Kellie Pickler To Wild Adventures

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News Release: Wild Adventures
Updated: May 12, 2014

Cancer surviver Austin Freeman was surprised by his family Saturday night with tickets to the Kellie Pickler concert at Wild Adventures.

Austin was surprised again when he was able to visit with Kellie before the concert and she was wearing the very special ring he gave her when they first met nearly a year ago while Austin was undergoing chemotherapy.

News Release: Wild Adventures

Valdosta, GA - When Kellie Pickler takes the stage Saturday night at Wild Adventures Theme Park, a very special fan will be cheering her on much like she did for him in his fight against cancer.

11-year-old Austin Freeman was diagnosed with bone cancer last April and was immediately sent to the Aflac Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for treatment. While there, Austin met Kellie and was so taken by her, he purchased a faux diamond ring in the hospital gift shop and asked her to marry him. While she couldn’t say yes since she was already married, Austin’s mom Abbey Freeman said Kellie delivered a “big ole kiss” on Austin’s cheek and they became instant friends.

While undergoing treatment, Austin stayed in Macon, GA with his grandparents so his mom could stay and work in McDonough, GA to maintain the family’s health insurance. There, he spent hours listening to Kellie’s music while he was too weak for much activity. After 11 months of chemotherapy, Austin was deemed cancer free in March and he can’t wait to see his friend in concert on Saturday and have some fun at Wild Adventures.

“Austin loves animals of all types and gets so excited to see them live and close up,” said Abby Freeman. “This is an awesome opportunity for Austin to really enjoy just being a kid who loves animals rather than a child that had to endure all the sickness and side effects of being treated for such a deadly disease for so long and he loves fast rides, so he will have a blast!”

With her time on American Idol, three successful albums and winning Dancing With The Stars in 2013, Kellie Pickler has won the hearts and admiration of countless fans. Pickler’s appearance will be the fifth concert in the 2014 Wild Adventures All-Star concert lineup.