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On April 6, 2010, Dream Foundation, a national wish-granting organization for adults in the end stages of life, will fulfill Jettie Patton’s lifelong dream to meet celebrity makeup artist, Bobbi Brown.
Patton, a North Carolina native, will spend three days in New York where she and her mother will get a tour of the Bobbi Brown studios, receive makeovers, participate in a professional photo shoot with photographer, Ben Ritter, and create their own signature lip glosses with Brown and her product development team.
“It is an honor for us to be part of this dream,” says Brown. “Our philosophy has always been that beauty is about feeling good and celebrating individuality. Jettie deserves to feel good. Her strength, courage and character should be celebrated. Her beauty is what inspires us,” adds Brown.
Patton’s mother, Janice Patton, personally wrote to Dream Foundation in January with the 25-year-old’s dream to meet Brown. “She’s always been the type of girl who loves to get fixed up; loves makeup and clothes,” says Patton’s mother in her handwritten letter to Dream Foundation. “Before anything else happens, I would really appreciate it if you could grant Jettie some time where she can forget about all her aches and pains and just have fun,” she added.
Patton is no stranger to aches and pains. As a small child she faced liver disease. Although she remained under doctors’ care most of her life, Patton beat the odds with a successful liver transplant at the age of five. Nearly 20 years later, in 2008, doctors discovered a tumor on Patton’s brain stem. Her liver began to fail as a result. After a month in the hospital, Patton had to re-learn to walk, talk, and eat. Although she’s shown progress in her recent recovery, Patton’s doctors have given her a very limited prognosis.