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Meet the fan KB visited in a Houston hospital who continues to fight illness

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On the same day KB treated Houston’s “unashamed” to a Tomorrow We Live listening session in a Rolls Royce and performed on The Rise Tour with Trip Lee, he visited one of his biggest fans who was living in virtual isolation at a local hospital.

KB visited Briana Donis in her Houston hospital room the same day as his Rolls Royce ridealong and Rise Tour performance.

KB visited Briana Donis in her Houston hospital room the same day as his Rolls Royce ridealong and Rise Tour performance. (Photo courtesy of Briana Donis.)

Briana Donis is a 19-year-old battling Aplastic Anemia – a rare blood disease in which the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. She’s had to undergo bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and radiation, as well as lengthy and lonely stays in medical facilities.

Her story has been featured on People.com, The Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed.

Wade-O Radio news correspondent Sketch the Journalist tracked her down via social media to ask about her health, the visit with KB, and what gives her hope in such dramatic circumstances.

Sketch: How did the KB visit come about? How long did he stay? What did you guys talk about?

Briana: The KB visit originally came about when we were trying to organize my fundraiser. I saw that KB was going to be in town (Houston) on tour the day of my fundraiser, March 7th, and wanted to see if there was any way that he would be able to come out and make an appearance.

First, I have always been a fan of the work he does for God. The way he uses his talents to bring glory to His name. Second, what better way to get more awareness and word out about Aplastic Anemia than to have KB come out to see me? Things changed and I could not be present for my fundraiser, but he came out to see me any way. That is how he ended up visiting me in the hospital.

He stayed for about 30-45 minutes due to other appearances he had scheduled and also due to the medicine that was forcing me into a slumber. We exchanged testimonies, I shared my story about my journey with Aplastic Anemia and he gave me a bunch of spiritual advice – to keep going and that I wasn’t crazy for feeling the way that I felt about God, and what I felt that he was calling me to do in His name.

Sketch: How long have you been listening to KB and/or Christian hip hop?

Briana: I have been listening to Christian hip hop since 2009. It started off with Lecrae and then led to many other favorites, such as KB. I discovered KB at one of Lecrae’s concerts and off of Pandora.

Briana Donis is a KB fan battling Aplastic Anemia.  (Photo courtesy of Briana Donis.)

Briana Donis is a KB fan battling Aplastic Anemia. (Photo courtesy of Briana Donis.)

Sketch: Were you able to attend The Rise concert? If so, what did you think of it? If no, what was the last concert/event you saw?

Briana: No, unfortunately I was not able to, since I had to be admitted to the hospital due to a fungus infection I had obtained right before.

The last Christian concert we attended was the Anomaly Tour with Lecrae and Andy Mineo right before my first transplant.

Briana's self-portrait: Things Look Different Than They Used To  (Photo courtesy of Briana Donis.)

Briana’s self-portrait: Things Look Different Than They Used To (Photo courtesy of Briana Donis.)

Sketch: Have you received any similar visits from entertainers or role models you look up to? If so, who? Any fun details from those stops?

Briana: Actually we have not. KB is the only entertainer or role model we have tried to reach out to – besides Lecrae of course, but he was busy on tour elsewhere!

Briana's yoga pose posts on social media have gained nationwide attention. (Photo courtesy of Briana Donis.)

Briana’s yoga pose posts on social media have gained nationwide attention.
(Photo courtesy of Briana Donis.)

Sketch: How has social media been a part of your journey?

Briana: I am just so amazed at the ways that God works through us no matter the generation. My God is ageless and an awesome God. He has used social media for His good. He has allowed me the capability to spread and demonstrate his love through Instagram and Facebook and many other social media outlets like Buzzfeed, news stations, newspapers and etc. So social media has been the biggest aid in my journey.

Sketch: How has your faith been a part of your story?

Briana: It has been a big part of my journey. It has allowed me to embrace my enemy with joy because of my faith in God.

The enemy’s attacks on me just make my faith stronger with God and take me deeper and deeper in it. I have found God on my knees! Everyday it just grows stronger and stronger. I get tested and persecuted, but I praise and worship him through it all! I know what side I am going to be standing on when the lights are on.

Sketch: How can readers pray for you?

Briana: Readers can pray that God’s will continues to be done in me. God told me that I am healed, now I just have to tell the world about it through my journey and defeating the enemy in His name.

UPDATE:

Weeks after this interview was conducted Briana’s health forced her in and out of the hospital once again. At the time of this post, the last update from her mother on their GoFundMe page states:

“Since her discharge, she’s been experiencing really bad nausea and has been too weak to walk around. She’s now using a wheelchair to get around, because her arms and legs hurt too much to walk on her own.”

Her mother continues to be out of work in order to care for Briana. WadeORadio.com readers can financially support them via their GoFundMe site.

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Sketch the Journalist is a freelance hiphop writer living in the thriving country metropolis of Cut-N-Shoot, Texas. Down with gospel rap since Stephen Wiley’s “Bible Break” in 1986, he has chewed, reviewed, and interviewed most of Christian hiphop’s major players. Sketch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Sam Houston State University and was once an intern at the New York Times Houston Bureau. You can follow Sketch on Twitter @Sketchthej or log-on to sketchthejournalist.com.

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