Alberta woman’s dream of meeting Justin Timberlake gets fulfilled

Justin Timberlake performs in Edmonton Jan. 13, 2014.
Justin Timberlake performs in Edmonton Jan. 13, 2014. Wes Rosa, Global News

EDMONTON – One of the world’s biggest pop stars rocked Rexall Place Monday night for thousands of his Alberta fans. Among them was a Sherwood Park woman with a rare neuromuscular disorder, whose biggest wish was to meet Justin Timberlake. Not only did that dream become a reality, but she also got a special shout-out from her idol during the show.

“I got my new friend in the house. Her name is Amanda,” Timberlake said between songs. “I got to meet her this afternoon. I love you, sweetheart.”

Amanda Renneberg is set to talk to Global News on Tuesday about her experience.

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Amanda Renneberg’s dream of meeting Justin Timberlake came true on Monday. Amanda Renneberg

She and her boyfriend started an online campaign back in December to help Renneberg get her wish of meeting Timberlake.

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She explained then that his music inspires her and gives her the motivation to keep fighting her Friederich’s Ataxia disorder.

“It gets her through tough days,” added her boyfriend, Derek Jones.

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The 27-year-old was undoubtedly the envy of many fans, whose deafening screams filled the arena.

“I’ve been waiting my whole life for this,” said Crystal Schausse before the concert. “I missed the first time he was here so I’m so excited to be here tonight.”

Apparently even Mayor Don Iveson is a fan.

Timberlake is playing a second sold-out show in Edmonton Tuesday night. His only other stop in western Canada will be Vancouver on Thursday.