Selena Gomez was in attendance at the WE Day celebration where she took the stage to talk about her own struggles with illness. She explained that her health problems have urged her to use her platform to bring more awareness.
The annual event aired yesterday but actually took place on April 19 and was hosted by John Stamos.
The WE Day celebration’s goal is to promote empowerment among the youth internationally.
During the special, Gomez also brought on stage an 8-year-old girl named Nellie Mainor, who deals with a very rare kidney disease.
Before opening about her own life-saving kidney transplant, Selena started: ‘You’re focusing on making the world a more hopeful place and encourage me and all of my friends to do the same.’
She went on: ‘As maybe some of you already know, I had a kidney transplant this year, and many people from across the country have reached out to offer their support. And others told me how learning my story helped them find their courage and helped other people want to get involved and donate. They reminded me how lucky I am to have a platform where I can share with you guys, and I can pay the love forward.’
Will you help @SelenaGomez make the world a more hopeful place?
— WE (@WEMovement) August 18, 2018
As fans know, Selena’s BFF Francia Raisa was the one to donate one of her kidneys to the singer.
A few months after the surgery, the two talked to Savannah Guthrie for the Today show, telling the host: ‘My kidneys were just done. That was it, and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life…That was the day I came home, and I found out. And [Raisa] volunteered and did it. I guess I got to a point where it was really life or death.’