The St. Louis Park girl awaiting a new heart while dreaming of becoming a world-famous singer finally got to meet the people trying to make that dream come true.
On Wednesday, 7-year-old Ireland Larson met music producer Karl Demer and singer, 15-year-old Katie Richards. Demer and Richards traveled to Chicago – along with Demer’s son and Richards’ mother – in order to meet the child for whom they’d recorded the song, “Send Me An Angel.”
KARE 11 first told you about Ireland – and her song – in May. The story actually started back in 2012, when Demer – owner of Atomic K Records and Productions – produced Zach Sobiech’s signature song, “Clouds.” Since that life-changing experience, Demer followed Sobiech’s legacy. And that led him to discovering Ireland and her desire to become a famous singer.
“Sometimes God will kind of nudge you in one direction or the other, and sometimes, like with Zach, and in this instance, he kind of picks you up by the ear and drags you across the room,” Demer told KARE 11 in May.
Ireland remains in a Chicago hospital awaiting a new heart while battling a rare condition. Richards, a sophomore at Prescott High School – who is also a cancer survivor – stepped in to record the song dedicated to Ireland.
KARE’s sister station, NBC-affiliate WMAQ was there when the three finally met.
Ireland has enjoyed a few special guests this summer. Her favorite rock band, Imagine Dragons, visited her in June. And a couple KARE 11 representatives had the chance to visit with her – including reporter Karla Hult and photojournalist Jason Steussy.