Meet Ken Powell, a devoted Australian Foo Fighters fan. He was stricken with melanoma 14 years ago. In 2009, despite a massive battle with the disease, his status was changed to terminal.
Faced with such a short-term future, Powell has decided to venture out and achieve several items on his ‘bucket list’ – such as meeting Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, a hero of Powell’s. The Foos just played in Australia, and Powell was supposed to attend a meet-and-greet with Grohl, but food poisoning forced Dave to cancel the session. Despite the setback, Powell attended all six of the Foos’ Australian concerts, his dream of meeting them as passionate as ever.
Thankfully, a helpful flight attendant stepped in to make things pick up momentum:
His luck changed when his friend and Qantas flight attendant, Daniella Whitehead, just happened to be looking after the Foo Fighters on their return flight home, and shared Mr Powell’s story with them.
The band was touched and Grohl, living up to his title as the ‘Nicest Guy in Rock’, offered his support through a photo greeting for his fan, as well as passing on some souvenirs, including a signed autograph and VIP tickets to a Los Angeles show.
Now, with that standing offer of a Los Angeles gig in September, Powell’s family has started a Go Fund Me page to generate donations to fund his trip to Los Angeles…and so far it’s working, as they’ve hit their initial goal of $20,000 en route to $30,000 (with a nice check being divvied up for Melanoma Institute Australia).
Here’s hoping Powell makes it to the United States and the Foos’ gig at the Forum next fall! And thanks to Grohl and the guys for being so accommodating and willing to go out of their way to make this such a special moment for such a big fan.