New Kids on the Block Recall Fan Finding a Kidney Donor at Concert


New Kids on the Block has experienced a lot of wild things throughout their career, and during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s TikTok Radio, Donnie Wahlberg shared a heartwarming story about the craziest thing a fan ever told him.

Speaking to host Lamar Dawson, the 54-year-old singer and husband of Jenny McCarthy recalled a fan telling him that she received a kidney transplant from another fellow fan.

“Not make it a more somber thing — it’s actually a really hopeful thing — but we literally just were with some fans who one of them brought a sign to a concert in the front seat and said, ‘I need a kidney transplant.’ And we just happened to see the sign, took selfies with it, posted it, and another fan donated her kidney,” Wahlberg shared.

He continued: “That’s crazy in the best way. She literally did that. Went to the concert and said, ‘I’m going to make this happen and save my life.’ And she did. Another Blockhead risked her life to do it.”

“Wow, the power of social media. See, social media can be used for good,” Dawson added. 

While Wahlberg didn’t share any other details, back in August 2023, KABC reported that Orange County teacher Theresa Crockett — who has polycystic kidney disease — found a kidney donor after attending a New Kids on the Block concert the year prior. 

“I was afraid, scared and didn’t tell anyone other than my family,” Crockett told the news outlet at the time. 

According to Crockett, Wahlberg saw her sign at the show and “folded it and said, ‘I got you, I got you.'”

She added, “When he said those words and gave us fist pumps, it’s exactly what I needed to hear.”

Fellow New Kids on the Block fan Christina Meyer from Wisconsin ended up reaching out to Crockett and offered her kidney. 

“I saw her banner and we kind of talked briefly while we were there,” Meyer told KABC. “I’m happy to be able to do this for her.”

Per the outlet, Crockett underwent surgery in Aug. 31 and the kidney was reportedly shipped from Wisconsin to Los Angeles.

“I knew in my heart that if I reached out to them that something magical would happen and it has,” Crockett noted at the time.

NKOTB — which includes Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood and Joey McIntyre — are currently gearing up for their Magic Summer 2024 Tour

Back in November, ET spoke with the band about their forthcoming tour and Wahlberg said they’re most excited about “being back with the fans.”

“It just never gets old, you know? Walking out onstage, opening night of every tour, just seems not only to be more incredible but just more special, more meaningful, and a little bit louder every time,” Wahlberg said.

“It’s amazing. It really is. I mean, we are a big family at this point, you know?” McIntyre chimed in. “For their kids to come along and want to be a part of it and be out there, it just adds a whole other aspect of energy. And it’s super cute.”

The New Kids on the Block Magic Summer 2024 Tour kicks off June 14. 



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