Jonas Brothers' Rachel's Challenge gift to Va. Beach girl


by LaSalle Blanks

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 7 at 5:44 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Jonas Brothers are big time music stars and they gave a big time gift to a student at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach.

Friends of Becca Parcells contacted 13News to see if we could help pull off a surprise that would mean the world to Becca, who was diagnosed with malignant brain cancer when she was six. Now, 9 years later, she has just a few months left to live.

"She's been fighting for so long and she needs to get out and think of all of the happy stuff and just realize how much we love her," said Marla Wales, a First Colonial student and friend of Becca's.

Students have surprised her with many acts of kindness -- like a limousine party donated by Icon Limousines.

"We wanted to get involved because it's so close to Christmas," said Mark Bold of Icon Limousines. "We wanted to do something nice for the family, give her a special day."

Texas Roadhouse at Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake donated a Becca Barbecue for a hundered of Becca's closest friends.

"It's kids helping kids," said Peter Jacqueline of Texas Roadhouse in Chesapeake. "It doesn't get any better than that and we are dedicated to helping great kids' causes."

Her friends have also filled boxes with cards and letters of encouragement. Her friends and neighbors also came together to decorate her house for Christmas.

"It's absolutely unbelievable the support we've had throughout this whole thing," said Gina Parcells', Becca's mother. "You hear bad things about kids and you look around and you see all this good kids are doing....there are no words to describe it."

The passion and spirit of the kids at First Colonial High School is fueled by "Rachel's Challenge," a national program that inspires students across the country to engage in acts of kindness and love.

It was inspired by Rachel Scott, a young student who died too soon in the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado in 1999. 

She left behind writings calling on students across the country to be better people and to start a chain reaction of kindness.

To date, more than 15 million people have heard Rachel's story around the world, including the students at FC.

"Rachel's Challenge is to bring together a community, its to support people so no matter what differences a person has we love them," said Marisa Bergfield,  Rachel's Challenge President at First Colonial High School.

Marisa contacted 13News to see if we would be able to put Becca in touch with her favorite music group, The Jonas Brothers. After some legwork and several phone conversations and email exchanges, Hollywood Records delivered a phone call from Kevin Jonas to Becca inside her limo.

You can hear part of the conversation in the video story above. It was a magical moment Becca will never forget.

"I feel famous," said Becca.

That's exactly how her friends want her to live, feeling like the rock star they believe she is.

"Thank you, thank you very much I love you guys," Becca said. "Rachel's challenge rocks!"