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2011-06-18T00:00:00Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
June 18, 2011 12:00 am

A Special Meet and Greet

Hammond resident, Matthew Galvan, 16, recently had a dream-come-true moment courtesy of comedian Gabriel Iglesias.

Galvan, a cancer patient who has neuroblastoma, cancer of the nervous system, considers himself one of the comic's biggest fans. Knowing Iglesias was going to be performing at The Venue at Hammond's Horseshoe Casino on June 9 and 10, Galvan's mother Sylvia reached out to the Horseshoe staff to share their story.

A special meet and greet was arranged by the staff and Iglesias. Galvan met his idol at Jack Binion's Steak House at the casino prior to Iglesias' June 10 show.The teen even had a chance to watch the show in the casino's ballroom via live feed, since only persons 21 and older are allowed into the Venue.

After meeting Iglesias, Galvan said "It was a total surprise. I was shocked and happy. I just want to thank him." --- Eloise Marie Valadez

Angelina Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Turkey

U.N. envoy Angelina Jolie traveled to Turkey's border with Syria on Friday to meet some of the thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled their government's bloody crackdown on dissent. The Hollywood celebrity and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees arrived in the Turkish province of Hatay on a private jet with boxes of toys for the refugee camps. There are nearly 10,000 Syrian refugees in camps inside Turkey. DHA television showed Jolie disembarking from the plane in sunglasses. The actress rested at Hatay airport and then headed to a camp in the Turkish town of Altinozu, Turkish media reported. AP

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