Earlier this year, when Selena Gomez required a kidney graft, one of her friends came through with a life-saving gift.
Actress Francia Raisa was starring on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” when she fulfilled Gomez during a children’s hospital event in 2007, and they have remained close friends ever since. In 2013, Gomez underwent chemotherapy to treat lupus, something she went public with two years later. As a result of her illness and treatment, Gomez needed a new kidney.
Naturally, Raisa offered one of hers.
It was a heartwarming narrative that epitomizes #FriendshipGoals.
I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplanting due to my Lupus and was regaining. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I candidly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and unbelievable squad of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And eventually, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being induced. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
This week, Billboard honored Gomez with its Woman of the Year award. Tearing up as she accepted it, she dedicated a powerful shoutout to Raisa.
“To be honest, I believe Francia should get this award because she saved my life, ” she said, trying not to cry. It was a really emotional moment, for Gomez, for Raisa, and for everyone watching at home and in the audience.