Rebekah Kraut’s Front Row Experience: Kelly Clarkson Concert
The news she’d lost all kidney function, after losing her father to Alport Syndrome in 2008 and witnessing her siblings’ fight with the illness, brought life and all it’s plans to a sudden halt for Rebekah “Bekah” Kraut in 2017. What remained of her joy and happiness involved treasured memories of time spent as a family watching Kelly Clarkson compete on American Idol and personally following her career after. With a lifetime of medical expense leaving concert attendance out of the question, Christmas morning 2018 gave Rebekah the ultimate memory, itself. After her siblings received their respective wishes from fellow wish granting organizations, she learned her wish would come true as well, courtesy of Front Row Foundation, and left speechless upon hearing she would attend Kelly’s Indianapolis concert that March while the film crew “documenting her sister’s Christmas wish” was actually there for her.
The condition’s demands sadly distance her from her social circle and it’s support so Bekah, not used to gifts, was driven to happy tears receiving a box of 400 letters written by the Best Year Ever Blueprint attendees. She learned quickly what being in the Front Row community meant and that, most importantly, she is no longer alone in her fight. In Indianapolis, she got surprised with not one but two 4-star restaurant experiences including one of her favorites, Italian. The restaurants both gave her first class experiences with amazing food and gifts of local area specialties which left Bekah’s jaw hanging. The hotel had another surprise waiting for her as they donated their best suite overlooking the square and monument below, as well. For someone who’s life hasn’t afforded much luxury, the experience of eating 4-star food, being treated as a celebrity, then seeing the enormous hotel suite, Bekah became overwhelmed with the experience she had, up to then, only dreamed of one day having.
With all her reasons to feel defeated, what keeps her happy most, besides Kelly, is her makeup and wanting to inspire others to be beautifully confident themselves through her social media. Before heading to the concert, she did a photoshoot in Monument Square in front of the hotel to model her newfound Front Row spirit and inspire others to find that same confidence. At the venue, she received the surprise that she was going to be sitting next to the stage as well as get to go to the VIP backstage area with all sorts of goodies from Kelly’s career. Bekah and her mom got to sit in Kelly’s “Voice” chair and pose for pictures teasing hitting the buzzer and sing as a mother/daughter duo at “Kelly-oke”. These moments held special significance as Bekah’s mother had tried out for the Voice previously in Seattle, hoping to meet Kelly then. The concert itself left Bekah euphoric as Kelly came up from below the stage, mere feet away, at the beginning. As the concert went, Rebekah would be left in amazement of her dream come true, singing hand on heart with Kelly and her mom, before sharing her Front Row moment with a group across the stage having their own Front Row moment.