Young Kasson cancer patient's Twitter campaign goes viral


KAAL TV has the story of a young cancer patient from Kasson using Twitter to meet the singer Rihanna. The campaign has gone viral in the last few days.

Eighteen-year-old Jeremy Brossard is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. He was diagnosed right before Rihanna's concert in St. Paul last March.

"When he was diagnosed he thought it was the end of the world," said Chad Brossard, his older brother. He said the Twitter campaign has given his brother hope and energy, and Rihanna's music makes him happy.

Jeremy said his favorite song by Rihanna is"What Now." " It's like a situation, you think what now, what are you going to do?," he said. "Just keep trying because you never know what could happen."

KTTC said Rihanna is the sixth most followed person on Twitter. The brothers said even if Jeremy doesn't get to meet her, the outpouring of support on social media has done him a world of good.

Jeremy said his perfect day with Rihanna would be simple.

"Go out to dinner with her, wherever she wants to go, and maybe get a kiss from her," he said.

Local media including the Rochester Post Bulletin have speculated for the last few years about the rate of cancer in Kasson, which is greater than the incidence in the general population.

In a report last spring KAAL TV reported the number of pediatric cancers had doubled in the past year.

The report quoted John Soler, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health.

"It's more than we'd expect," Soler said. "Quite a few more. One always hopes that the run of cases will not continue but in this situation it has."

But officials say they have no clues, let alone answers, about what could be causing the cluster in Kasson.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Broussard's campaign to meet Rihanna continues to gather support far beyond the borders of his hometown.

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