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7-year old liver transplant survivor gets a shout-out from TV idol |

MANILA, Philippines – An avid viewer of Cake Boss, a popular reality show on cable channel TLC, Erin Pasimio’s wish for her seventh birthday was to meet the show’s star, Buddy Valastro.

Valastro is the boss referred to in Cake Boss, which follows the operations of Carlo’s Bakery, a business owned and operated by Valastro and his siblings in Hoboken, New Jersey.  The show features how they make their signature cakes, as well as the interpersonal relationships between the family members.

Knowing that Valastro was based in the U.S., a meet and greet would entail a significant investment for the Pasimio family.  Erin’s father, Sonny, sought for a more viable alternative to make his daughter’s dream come true and that is when he decided to take a chance through Buddy Valastro’s Facebook page.

He posted: “I am Sonny, father to our beautiful miracle daughter Erin. She is your biggest fan and thinks you are the best baker in the universe, especially after watching you frost a cake and make a flower blindfolded!

“She was born with a defective liver and came very close to dying.  But with God’s blessing, Erin’s fighting spirit and a liver donation from her mom, she miraculously bounced back after a transplant when she was one year old.

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“She is turning 7 on June 3 and would like nothing more than to meet you in person. I promised her that I would save up to make her dream come true someday, but in the meantime, any greeting from you would mean the world to Erin. Hope you can grant our little request Buddy.”

A member of Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s (DNAP) PR counsel in the Philippines spotted this post and brought it to the attention of DNAP. DNAP, which operates television networks Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and Discovery Kids in Asia, then made a request directly to Buddy Valastro’s team.

“It was a long shot, but one Erin believed can really happen. When she saw my letter in Facebook, she was so thrilled that we were chasing that dream together,” narrated Sonny.

Early in July of this year, Erin got her wish through a video message from Buddy Valastro himself as posted on the TLC Southeast Asia Facebook page.  In the video, Valastro was shown wearing his Cake Boss uniform, with a special message for Erin:

“Hey Erin, I heard you’re a big fan of Cake Boss and I appreciate it so much. We love all the fans in the Philippines and I want to wish you a happy belated seventh birthday. Hope you feel better. Cake Boss loves you, Erin!”

The Pasimio Family, especially Erin, was more than elated.  The family extended their appreciation by replying to the same Facebook post:  “Thank you very much Mr. Buddy Valastro for granting our dear Erin’s wish! She will be very happy to watch this birthday message from the Cake Boss. You are an inspiration to our little girl. More blessings to you and your family,” wrote Erin’s mother, Ria.

Now on its fifth season, Buddy Valastro and his family continue to be an inspiration to Erin and many other Cake Boss fans all over the world.  Viewers can catch CAKE BOSS SEASON 5, as it premieres on August 14 at 7:00 p.m. only on TLC.

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