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Friday, August 13, 2010

Kassaundra Ramirez Debuts Today at the Grand Hyatt Hotel

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click to enlarge Kassaundra in the studio.
  • Kassaundra in the studio.
If you happen to get out of work at a decent time on Friday, you may want to think about foregoing happy hour and instead check out The Bay Area's newest pop star, Kassaundra Ramirez, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Union Square.

Kassaundra, 7, has made the trip for her first performance from San Jose. Hundreds are expected to show up, mainly because the Greater Bay Area's Make-A-Wish Foundation has arranged for it. They are granting a wish for Kassaundra -- who faces a life-threatening heart condition -- to be famous.

"She was born with a heart block," said Kassaundra's mom, Karina Gomez.

She had surgery two days after she was born, and she developed a virus,

which led to cardiomyopathy. Since then, she has used a pacemaker, which

needs to be changed out every four years for the rest of her life.


far, Kassaundra has filled her life with singing and dancing and twirling around

the house, Gomez says. So when her daughter wished for fame, that

wasn't a huge surprise.

Photo by Gina Staffiery
  • Photo by Gina Staffiery

Already, Ramirez and Gomez are being treated like royalty. They were escorted from their home in San Jose to San Francisco in a limo

today, then greeted by fans at the Hyatt Regency on the Embarcadero. Employees called out Kassaundra's name, and draped her in

pink features and other "celebrity gear." When she and mom arrived at their upgraded suite, there were stars hanging from the ceiling.

"It's so amazing, I don't even have words for it," Gomez said.

Tomorrow, Ramirez will walk the red carpet surrounded by gaga, sign-wielding fans into the Grand Hyatt. She'll sign autographs. Then Liam Mayclem of CBS 5 TV's Eye on the Bay will

introduce Kassaundra's new music video, set to her first single, "Butterfly, Don't

Fly Away." Kassaundra wrote this song herself.

It isn't very often that a wish gets fulfilled so publicly, said Elaine Kauffman, the public affairs director for the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. Lots of kids ask for trips to Disneyland, or to visit family.

"We love when we have these kinds of wishes to invite the public and allow them to be part of that great joy," she said. "Nothing beats the feeling of being part of a wish, helping a child's wish come true."

After the performance, a press conference will allow volunteers in the audience to ask Kassaundra questions. Later, she'll sign CDs and people can get their photos taken with her. Although Kassaundra couldn't come to the phone Thursday night (she was having her nails painted), her mom relayed a preliminary statement for the press:

Asked how it feels to be famous, Kassaundra gave a big smile and said, "it feels good."
She's not nervous at all.

R.S.V.P. for Kassaundra's debut here.

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