A NICE piece of Johnny Depp news, believe it or not.
The news with Johnny is actually good: Amanda Currie, a Johnny Depp superfan with Stage 4 Glioblastoma (a type of brain cancer), got to meet her idol at the Connecticut performance of a Hollywood Vampires show. She had no idea she’d be fully paralyzed from the neck down when she bought the tickets, but nonetheless- she got to go and meet Johnny.
“Amanda was beyond excited knowing that her lifelong dream of meeting Johnny Depp would come true,” her mom Kim tells PEOPLE. “But by May, Amanda’s physical state declined and she had lost use of her legs.”
Kim explains. “She knew it was nearly impossible, but continued to talk about it and count off the days. At one point she actually said she thought she could live long enough to go.”
Currie’s friend Tianna was determined that Amanda make the concert, so she convinced a local ambulance company to donate an ambulance and two EMTs to take her to the show. Meanwhile, Uncle Chris was working behind-the-scenes with the Hollywood Vampires to arrange for the band to meet with her.
When Uncle Chris and Tianna finally broke the news, Currie was beside herself with excitement and remembers shouting, “What am I going to wear?”
Before the show, Depp and his bandmates, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, met with Currie inside her ambulance. Asked to describe what it was like meeting her idol after overcoming so many obstacles, Currie says, “It was wonderful, amazing and awesome. It was everything I ever wished for and more – the best thing that ever happened to me.”
As for getting to know Depp, Currie says, “He was understanding and sweet and so hot! He is talkative, charming and funny and very down-to-earth. It was very exciting to meet him, a huge rush.”
She adds, “The whole experience was magical. I still can’t believe it’s real, even though I have pictures to prove it. I will remember most how caring and sincere he was. He makes you feel special – you can’t top that! He encouraged me to fight this cancer.”
Currie was able to watch the show from backstage, and was beside herself when the Hollywood Vampires dedicated the performance to “their friend Amanda.”
“That was the best day of my life,” Currie says. “It meant the world to me.”
Aw, this is a good thing. Keep Amanda in your hearts- especially YOU, Johnny. You mean the most to her!