Bieber fan hopes to see a concert before she goes blind
OWASSO, Ok. (WHDH) -- For a pre-teen in Oklahoma, a wish to see Justin Bieber in concert is subject to a ticking clock. She’s going blind, and her parents are trying to find a way to fulfill her dream before it’s too late.
"I’m 11," said Malerie Levens.
Malerie Levens' spirit is as infectious as her love for pop music's biggest star, Justin Bieber.
"I like his music, I like his looks. I could go on and on for days," said Levens.
She connects with the Canadian superstar.
"Our parents being divorced around the same age -- he was not even a year maybe, and I wasn't either -- and we both have our talent, and we believe that we'll be able to stick to it,” said Levens.
For Levens, that's dance. While she moves like him, she doesn't see like him. Levens has a rare eye condition called Stargardt disease.
"It’s like looking through a broken glass for her,” said Paige Cromwell, Malerie’s mother.
A year and a half ago, Malerie's parents found out she was going blind.
"Crushed. I just want her to be happy," said her father, Eric Levens.
Malerie's world forever changed.
"Since she was diagnosed, her vision is probably two or three times worse,” said Eric Levens.
"My heart felt like I was shot with a gun,” said Cromwell.
Soon she might have to quit dancing and go to a school for blind students, but before her world changes forever, she has one wish.
"I always feel like there's a clock ticking,” said Cromwell.
Her one wish is to see him, in person, in concert.
"I really want to see him,” said Malerie Levens.
Tickets to Justin Bieber's upcoming tour are the hottest thing in North America.
"I would do whatever it took to get tickets. Realistically, if she's not in the front, she won't be able to see him,” said Eric Levens.
Those seats are expensive.
"More than a thousand dollars! In my wallet right now, I only have like 15 bucks, but in my account I have a hundred,” said Malerie Levens.
Her parents hope someone can connect them with the tickets Malerie needs.
"I would just be forever in their debt to be able to give something that means so much to my daughter,” said Eric Levens.
Justin Bieber's stop in Tulsa is in January.
Malerie Levens said even if she doesn't get the chance to see her idol, she'll be able to hear him and will continue to follow her dreams and not let her disability get in her way.