He’s been stealing hearts since he was just 14 years old, and this week, Justin Timberlake did it again.
Taking a break from his “Man of the Woods” tour, the pop sensation stopped by Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas to spend the afternoon with some very special cancer patients along with their nurses and families.
Knowing he was coming to town, Timberlake fans at the hospital took to social media last week with a video of patients dancing to his smash hit, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” in hopes that JT himself would be inspired to visit them prior to his Saturday night concert at the AT&T Center.
To their surprise, the musician did catch wind of the now-viral video, and stopped by the hospital around 3pm.
Annabella Lugosi has been bringing her 4-year-old son Jackson to Methodist Children’s Hospital for cancer treatments since he was 3 months old. When she arrived at the hospital Friday, the mother of three was shocked to see Justin Timberlake walking the halls. She said the singer “took time with each individual child in his or her own room.”
My personal favorite of today’s experience..JT High 5ing with my daughter! Thank you @jtimberlake for visiting the kiddos at Methodist Children’s Hospital. Such a humble and sweet person. God bless your soul!🎗💛#childhoodcancerawareness #ManOfTheWoodsTour #JustinTimberlake pic.twitter.com/ICWsA3VoF0
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“He was so humble, and you could really tell that this wasn’t for publicity or anything like that,” she told TODAY. “He genuinely wanted to be a bright spot in these kids’ lives for a day.”
Jackson had just gotten out of major surgery when Timberlake arrived at his bedroom door. Though he was still sleeping, Lugosi welcomed him gladly. Her reaction to seeing the singer in her son’s room was priceless, and oh so relatable!
“My initial reaction when he walked in was, ‘Oh, my God, I’m not wearing any makeup, and I haven’t slept in three days,’” Lugosi said, laughing. “It was a very happy moment in a very stressful day.”
The two shared a private conversation over Jackson’s bed in which Timberlake asked about Jackson told Lugosi about his own son. “He was praising me as a parent and being so, so sweet.”
Due to the sheer nature of cancer treatments and compromised immune systems, many of the children and parents inside of the oncology department don’t have the opportunity to leave for fun things like concerts, making Timberlake’s visit all the more special.
Pure love and kind heart @jtimberlake went to see the kids at Methodist children’s hospital! They were all smiley and happy ❤ thank you #motw for giving them a special unforgettable memories 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/yd3os7cz3b
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“All the parents that are in the oncology wing are there all the time,” Lugosi said. “We’re really grateful that he took the time to come see us because we’re kind of chained here. Everything about it was memorable.”