DHS Customer and Personal Assistant Appear on American Idol

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1/27/2011

American Idol judge Steven Tyler had an extremely emotional moment during an "American Idol" audition aired on January 26 when a contestant brought his disabled fiancée to watch him compete. The Idol judges were in Milwaukee for auditions when 27-year-old Illinois resident Chris Medina walked into the room, accompanied by his disabled fiancée, Juliana Ramos of Oak Forest. Juliana is a customer of our DHS Home Services Program, and Chris is one of her Personal Assistant (PAs).

Chris told the judges he proposed to Juliana two years ago and the couple were making wedding plans when tragedy struck. Juliana got into a horrible car accident on her way home from work in October 2009, and was left nearly paralyzed with significant brain damage.

After Chris sang for the judges, Juliana joined him on the stage. Chris' singing was great, but Steven was so moved by Chris and Juliana's story that he got up out of his chair, teary-eyed, walked over to Juliana, and hugged and kissed her.

Chris made it through to Hollywood, so we may be seeing him on future Idol shows. As for their wedding, it's been placed on hold. The medical expenses are so great, a website was launched to help cover the costs.