Homeless honors student surprised with special gift from brain tumor patient

Rebelander Basilan
Jun 06, 2018
05:42 A.M.
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Sionna Brenn broke down in tears as she was gifted a brand new car by Charlie Jabaley, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor more than a year ago.


Jabaley, the former manager of 2 Chainz, surprised Brenn, 19, with a brand new Toyota Corolla while she was working at a Starbucks in the Houston area recently, as reported by Fox 26 Houston.

Brenn was bringing trash out to the dumpsters, totally unaware that anyone was there to see her.

Then, Jabaley, a Grammy award winner, jumped out of a dumpster and ran towards her.

The homeless honors student covered her face and began crying as he announced that the brand new Toyota Corolla was all hers. He is also paying for her driving lessons.

"It's more than a dream. It's crazy," Brenn said. "More than anything, glory to God because I wouldn't' be here without Him."


When Brenn was 9 years old, she moved to the US from Ethiopia and was placed in an abusive foster home.

Brenn eventually left the family and moved to Houston. However, she was declared homeless by the state because she had no legal guardian at the time.


The Willowridge High School senior worked at Starbucks to support herself. She also worked hard in school and received a scholarship to the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her dream is to become a dentist.

When Jabaley heard about the teenager's story, he said he was inspired and wanted to help.

Jabaley left the music industry after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. He's now riding his bicycle from Los Angeles to New York and hopping on a bus at night for what he calls the Dream Machine Tour.

"Everywhere we go, we’re looking for people who have dreams and how we can help them,” he said.

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