Posted February 18, 2013

Wayne Rooney Invites ‘American Idol’ Contestant With Cystic Fibrosis To Match

The Man United star contacted Kayden Stephenson on Twitter

Entertainment, TV, Twitter
Fox; AP

Fox; AP

Kayden Stephenson may have been eliminated from American Idol, but the 16-year-old with cystic fibrosis who emerged as one of this season’s fan favorites won the attention of one of the world’s most famous sportsmen — and an all-expenses-paid trip to one of the biggest soccer matches of the year.

Wayne Rooney was so moved by Stephenson’s story that he reached out to the Oklahoma native on Twitter and invited him to Manchester United’s upcoming Champions League match with Real Madrid at Old Trafford, offering to pay for his flights and hotel.

Rooney, 27, lost his childhood friend Stephen Johnson to the terminal illness in September.