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Laura Bell Bundy Grants Wish for Teen with Severe Epilepsy

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Country star Laura Bell Bundy has always been an inspiration to 14-year-old Katie Vallance. Despite dealing with a life-threatening illness, the Kentucky teen dreams of becoming just like her idol and believes that if Bundy can make it, maybe she can too. Now, after meeting Bundy thanks to children’s charity Kids Wish Network, Katie has renewed hope that dreams really do come true.

“Laura Bell was incredible and Katie is a bigger fan now than before,” says her mom Januarie Vallance. “She couldn’t stop smiling or talking about it. Laura is from Kentucky too, so Katie thinks that maybe she can be just like her one day.”

After years of struggling with severe epilepsy, Katie’s wish trip came at just the right time to restore her hope for the future.

Diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009, Katie tried medication after medication to control her seizures, but nothing seemed to work. After suffering a grand mal seizure, doctors upped Katie’s diagnosis to intractable epilepsy, and by 2012, she was suffering from over 100 seizures a day. Doctors implanted a pacemaker-like device to utilize vagus nerve stimulation, a technique that generates pulses of electricity at regular intervals. Since then, Katie dropped to having only a few seizures per week, a vast improvement in her quality of life.

As a result of her frequent seizures, Katie suffers from some short-term memory loss, but she doesn’t let that stop her from enjoying life. The compassionate and caring teen felt right at home when Kids Wish Network granted her wish to visit Nashville. Her wish trip was packed full of authentic “country” activities and a meet-and-greet with Bundy. Katie also got to spend time with rising country star Noah Marler Garner.

First, was the experience Katie’s been waiting for, the meet-and-greet with Bundy. The pair met at a local café and bonded over shared experiences while discussing country music. Laura posed for photos and wrote Katie a personal note.

“It was so wonderful to meet Katie and hear about her life and journey,” said Bundy of the experience. “She’s a very bright and spirited young lady, and I have a feeling she could accomplish whatever she sets her mind on in life.”

pictured above, Katie’s visit with Noah Garner

pictured above, Katie’s visit with Noah Garner

After that exciting day, Katie was able to tour a few sights around Nashville and was surprised at dinner by Garner. She and Noah started a fast friendship that continued the next day when Noah took her to get “real” cowboy boots and spent the afternoon touring the city.

“Noah made my trip so, so very, very special,” Katie gushed.

Noah was especially moved by taking part in Katie’s wish experience.

“Working with Kids Wish Network to help grant Katie’s wish is truly one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” Noah said. “I think I’m the blessed one to be able to meet heroes like her. I want to do the best I can to bring happiness to the lives of more kids facing life-threatening illnesses.”

For Katie, this was the trip of a lifetime and one she’ll never forget. Katie and her family also enjoyed luxury accommodations, fun-filled dinners and other Nashville-area activities during her wish.

“Katie had an amazing and memorable time,” says her mom, Januarie Vallance.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors that helped make Katie’s Nashville wish a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Laura Bell Bundy, Noah Marler Garner, Sheraton Music City Hotel, Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville Zoo, Jack’s BBQ, Pinewood Social, Nashville Shores Water park, Old Hickory Grill, Back Yard Burgers, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.

Visit to find out how you can help makes dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child, just like Katie.

Dwight Yoakam, Rascal Flatts and Trace Adkins Take Roles In Civil War Mini-Series


An upcoming Civil War mini-series will have a lot of familiar faces in it, if you follow country music. “To Appomattox” includes Dwight Yoakam as Union General George Meade, Kix Brooks as Union General Winfield Scott Hancock and Trace Adkins as Confederate General John Gregg. Gary LeVox , Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts and Laura Bell Bundy also have roles.

It will run sometime this year, but an air date and a channel have not been announced.

Eat & Greet With Your Favorite Artists at CMA Fest


Great American Country Breakfast Series concerts will open each day of the 2014 CMA Music Festival as part of the AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X June 5-8 in Nashville. Seventeen artists will perform inside the Music City Center, with #CMchat’s Jessica Northey hosting and special appearances by GAC reality stars Amie and Jolie Sykes of Junk Gypsies and Dan and Pete King of Farm Kings. The lineup:

  • Thursday (6/5): Canaan Smith, Lauren Alaina, Dustin Lynch and Neal McCoy.
  • Friday (6/6): Native Run, Brothers Osborne, Corey Smith and Scotty McCreery.
  • Saturday (6/7): Natalie Stovall and The Drive, The Henningsens, Laura Bell Bundy and RaeLynn.
  • Sunday (6/8): Rose Falcon, Leah Turner, Jamie O’Neal and Kristian Bush.

Though Thursday is sold out, tickets for the remaining days are available for $50 each. Breakfast, autographed photos and photo meet-and-greets are included in the price. Doors open each day at 7:15am CT; performances begin at 8am. Get more details and your tickets here.

Country Music Tips Their Hat to the Kentucky Derby

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Country stars Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, and Miranda Lambert slipped into their stripes and popped on their hats for this weekend’s Kentucky Derby. Apparently, Dierks had a hard time deciding what to wear. He told People Country that he was actually texting photos of outfits to Kix for approval.

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Kix is going to kill me for talking about this, but we’ve been going back and forth texting like a couple of girls! I’m all, ‘What are you wearing?’ And he’s sending me pictures of things he’s got pulled out,” Bentley, 39, tells PEOPLE Country.

“So I went to a little preppy shop in Nashville and I’m taking pictures and sending them back to Kix like, ‘What do you think of this?’ “He jokes, “I told Kix, ‘I’m deleting this thread as soon as it’s over. It’s embarrassing!’ “

I think it’s safe to say that Dierks did a damn fine job picking out his attire for the day. Different for him, but not too over the top for a newbie.

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