Jon Bon Jovi paid a special visit to his JBJ Soul Kitchen in Toms River, New Jersey, Saturday to give one unsuspecting fan the thrill of her life. Billboard reports the New Jersey rocker worked with the staff of his nonprofit community restaurant to set up a surprise meet-and-greet with Carol Cesario, a huge Bon Jovi fan who’s suffering from stage 4 lung cancer.
Cesario’s daughter, Rosie Skripkunis, wrote about the event on her Facebook page, saying, “Today my [mom’s] dream came true! After loving Jon Bon Jovi for 30 years she finally met him. He invited our family to his restaurant for dinner and surprised her. He spent almost 2 hours hanging out with her and just chatting with my family.”
Rosie added, “This has been one of the best days of our [family’s] life. Seeing my mom this happy filled me with so much joy. I still can not believe this happened. Jon is [an] amazing human. We appreciate everything he did for our mom and for our family today <3.”
Skripkunis also posted a video of Bon Jovi surprising her mother and a series photos from the day, including pictures of Jon posing with Cesario and various family members and a note he wrote to Carol.
According to Billboard, Bon Jovi also gave Cesario an autographed electric guitar and treated her to a private playback of his band’s upcoming album, This House Is Not for Sale.
Bon Jovi has opened two JBJ Soul Kitchens in New Jersey in conjunction with his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation charity. The restaurants have no prices listed on the menu and serve nutritious food to both paying and in-need customers. Diners can pay for their meal by volunteering at the eateries.
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