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Skye Loustalot, who suffers from a cancer called osteosarcoma, gives a hug to "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson at the Bay of the Holy Spirit Jubilee in Fairhope, Ala., on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (Dennis Pillion | email@example.com)
The Robertsons of "Duck Dynasty" fame laid their hands on Skye Loustalot's stretcher in Fairhope and prayed for her.
The oldest son, Alan Robertson -- a minister not often seen on the hit TV show -- led the prayer for Skye, a 13-year-old girl from Semmes who is battling osteosarcoma.
As they prayed, tears filled her eyes.
"I pray that you'll bless her with healing and restoration," Alan Robertson said. "I pray for her family tonight, Father. I pray you'll lift them up in a very powerful way.
"Give her courage."
Earlier, Skye braved a drizzle to watch her favorite TV stars at in Fairhope Friday night. She arrived at the outdoors event from her home in north Mobile County by ambulance, an arrangement made by staff at USA Children's and Women's Hospital.
"She was so afraid she wasn't going to make it," said Kimberly Wagner, coordinator of the Mapp Child Family Life Program. The hospital had just discharged Skye on Sunday. Two weeks earlier, she had undergone surgery to remove a mass in her abdomen, Wagner said. Ambulance staffers who knew Skye had offered to bring her to the event.
Dressed in a bright pink hoodie, the teenager sat on a stretcher in a VIP area, hands folded, enwrapped in the Q A session involving several of the Robertson family onstage. Her favorite part, she said, was when "Uncle Si" Robertson admitted to not watching the show.
He watches crime dramas mostly.
"I loved it," Skye said.
The Duck Commander family already knew Skye. A few weeks ago, they had filmed in which Si Robertson says, We love you, and we re praying for you.
Skye s story was brought to the attention of the Robertsons after she underwent surgery to have her leg amputated in September. The staff at USA Children s and Women s Hospital wanted to do something extreme to get this child s spirits picked up, said Kimberly Wagner, coordinator of the Mapp Child Family Life Program.
They contacted Karin Wilson, owner of Page Palette bookstore in Fairhope, who was putting together Friday s event. Several members of the cast were scheduled to appear, as were authors Jill Conner Browne and .
Skye s caregivers were hoping for a phone call or a Facebook friend request from the Robertsons, but what they got was a special video message for Skye and a plan for a meet-and-greet at the event.
In the video, Miss Kay Robertson promises: And we re gonna see you November 15th in Fairhope, Alabama.