Food Network Celebrity Refuses to Meet a Child Dying of Cancer

@BethTN81 (564)
United States
March 26, 2011 3:39pm CST
Ina Garten "Barefoot Contessa", who has a show on Food Network was approached by Make a Wish Foundation to where a little boy, age 6 is dying of cancer. She refused on two occasions to meet this child. Her response was that it is impossible for her to grant every request she recieves. I am unable to post the links but Google "Barefoot Contessa refused to meet with teminally ill child" and you all can see the article. Is this woman's career over or not?
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
27 Mar 11
I have read where many children want to meet a professional athlete and not only do the meet them but often times the team will plan something special. One football team routinely will have the child as the fan of the day during practice and will give them many gifts. This is done by a team during the season when practice time is tight. I have never heard of a professional team turning down a request. If Ina Garten had scheduling conflicts that is one thing but being a celebrity has a price and depends on the respect they show their audience. Should her career be over no but it may change the opinion of many people and now with choices in almost every type of TV show the ratings may drop.
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
27 Mar 11
Nope, I don't think it will change her career , but I was just wondering what are the reasons that she could not grant 5 to 15 minutes of her busy schedule just to make a little difference , if not much. Well to each his or her own ...
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
26 Mar 11
It is too bad that Ina Garten isn't going to meet with this child. But I doubt it will be the end of her career. Those celebs do have to pick and chose hat they can do and not do. The article did say that she participates and helps as many organizations as she can throughout the year, helping children and adults like Enzo with life threatening and compromising illnesses. http://www.mediaite.com/online/barefoot-contessa-ina-garten-too-busy-to-meet-with-terminally-ill-child/
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• United States
26 Mar 11
Although Make a wish is a great foundation remember it does not work miracles. People have a right not to go to the bed side of a dying stranger if that is something they are uncomfortable with or do not have the ability to do. I have sat by the bed side of a dying 15 year old, who did make a wish to make a wish and they where working on it when he passed. They do great things but they are not gods and not everyone needs to say yes.
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@camomile07 (1422)
• Germany
26 Mar 11
Even being busy, should could have made a space to meet this child. There are surely other appointments or deals she could have changed for another date. She should not let this child wait as, in my opinion, we always should look for a space to deal with ill people and so more if this patient is going to die soon.
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@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
26 Mar 11
I can understand that leading a busy life means that you have to make sacrifices somewhere along the line. I can understand that leading a busy life means that you cannot always meet and greet everyone that wants to meet you...especially if you are famous for one reason or another. What I am having a hard time understanding here is why this woman cannot manage to take 5 minutes out of her busy schedule to go meet a dying child. FIve minutes to make a dying child happy, to make him smile?? I think that I could find the time for that. I don't know if it will cause her career to end, but I can see where it can give her reputation a beating. She will undoubtedly become known as a heartless person after this.
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@anklesmash (1416)
1 Apr 11
How horrible im sure she could have spent 5 minutes with the poor child.Even if the parents had to take the child someone to meet her or she could have sent her somekind of personal letter.
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