Simon Cowell’s Generosity Saved This Teen Dancer’s Life
For much of Julia Carlile’s life, what brought her the most joy also inflicted the most pain.
Passion And Pain
Julia suffered from scoliosis since birth, causing her spine to develop a dangerous curve that increasingly threatened her lungs and back. Still, she developed a passion for dancing at the age of five and refused to give up on her talent.
With the help of her friends and one man’s generosity, she wouldn’t have to! At 15, Julia teamed up with her childhood friends to form a dance team called Mersey Girls. Not long after coming together, they appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, where viewers got to witness Julia’s incredible story of persistence.
A Life-Altering Opportunity
They also learned that for her to continue dancing, she would need an expensive, experimental surgery in America that would allow her back to bend in ways that other surgeries could not — one that prize money could pay for.
After giving a spectacular, emotional performance that had audience members wiping their eyes, the Mersey Girls received the famous “golden buzzer” from one of the judges, Alesha Dixon, that advanced them in the competition! They went on to receive 4th place in the entire contest. While Julia believed that show was her last chance to showcase her dancing abilities, she had no idea what was in store!
A Dream-Saving Donation
As soon as the Mersey Girls left the BGT stage for the final time, judge Simon Cowell met them backstage to reveal to Julia that he wanted to pay for her entire surgery — nearly $233,000. Julia was in shock over his generosity, and though it seemed more like a dream than reality, his promise was well-kept. After being flown to America, undergoing the life-saving surgery, and enduring three months of recovery, Julia is currently rebuilding the strength to continue to pursue her life’s passion.
With Simon’s help, she will be able to dance with an ease and enjoyment she never could before. “It is unreal still now,” she shared with The Sun, “and we cannot thank him enough.” Thanks to Simon, Julia will be graceful and unbreakable onstage for years to come!
More in Entertainment
These ’70s One-Hit Wonders Are Giving Us All Kinds Of Nostalgia
Few things help us truly understand an era quite like the music it produced. And while some hit songs are defined...September 6, 2018
Why Everyone Is Talking About The Disney Princess Cameo In ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’
The 21st century is the age of feminism. It’s on TV, in movies, and all over the news. We love it!...August 30, 2018
This Horse Couldn’t Help But Dance When Serenaded With The Magical Music Of Fleetwood Mac
It’s nearly impossible to not jam out when a classic Fleetwood Mac song comes on the radio. Why shouldn’t horses get...August 27, 2018
These Two Men Who Escaped To A Music Festival Are Proving You’re Never Too Old To Rock
When the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany tweeted about two elderly men who had escaped their nursing home to attend...August 23, 2018
How Chrissy Teigen Mesmerized Three Million People With A Bright Yellow Snail
Celebrity, model, and supermom Chrissy Teigen is what you might call a master of social media. She shares vignettes from her...August 23, 2018
These Rare And Unusual Historical Photos Are Absolute Must-Sees
Long before social media and the invention of the selfie, photography was our window into understanding our fellow humans, to mark...August 22, 2018
This ‘Gilmore Girls’ Fan Got Her Dream Proposal In The Stars Hollow Gazebo And It Was Absolutely Perfect
Molly Larimer is a huge fan of the series Gilmore Girls. She thought she was only getting a tour of the Warner Bros....August 20, 2018
Gorgeous Transgender Model Makes History in Miss Universe Contest
History has officially been made in the beauty world. For the first time ever, a transgender woman just might take the...July 19, 2018
These Famous Actors And Their Stunt Doubles Will Make You Do A Double-Take
Not all movie stars are Jackie Chan, who is widely known for performing all of his own stunts. Stunt people are...July 16, 2018