As Voices has reported, a Brooklyn girl who adores the Korean pop music known as “K-pop” had her wish granted recently when she was offered a trip to Korea to meet her favorite K-pop stars from the band SHINee. Donika Sterling suffers from a progressive nerve disorder, and made the trip last week, courtesy of Herbert Black, the president of American Iron & Metal.
The below is a translated account of the meeting from News Kann.
Donika Sterling is a shy girl who relies on a wheelchair because of the contraction of her muscles due to a disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, and she has not been able to walk by herself since she was 4 years old.
However, when she embraced Tae-min, a member of SHINee, the two looked like brother and sister. They avoided eye contact because of shyness, reported Bong-Jun Kim an agent for Herbert Black.
Tae-min of SHINee showed a letter written in Korean from Sterling: “Dear Tae-Min brother, Hi. I really like you. You are the most handsome and cool guy in the world. My first Korea trip is great. I am always here for you.”
Sterling also gave an album of pictures of her to the band as a present.