Kendrick Lamar gave one of his biggest fans a huge and heartwarming gift.
During the Dallas stop of the Damn Tour, Kendrick took the time to meet a quadriplegic woman named Jennifer Phillips, who has used a wheelchair ever since a 2007 car accident that caused a spinal cord injury. And although she has gone on to receive her college degree, take ski trips, and attend many concerts (eight of which were Kendrick shows), she said the only thing holding her back was her van. So, in 2016, Phillips started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a modified vehicle that would make traveling much easier. The page is no longer active, thanks to Kendrick’s generosity.
That’s right, Kendrick purchased the fan a new van.
Phillips announced the gift on social media, along with a photo of the autographed Damn jacket Kendrick gave her. His note read: “Thank you for always supporting me. Your [sic] a inspiration for me. You are strong and positive. Your[sic] kind and beautiful. For all the years of inspiring me, the least I can do is make sure your comfortable driving the city. A gift from me to you. Your[sic] always appreciated! — K. Lamar.”
Top Dawg Entertainment co-founder Dave Free also gifted Phillips a customized Dallas Mavericks jersey with Kendrick’s nickname “Duckworth” on the back. She opened up about the experience on Instagram.
“If you know me or even just look in my Instagram profile for two minutes then you know I am a huge Kendrick Lamar and TDE fan/supporter for YEARS. I've been to every show Kendrick has had in Dallas,” she wrote. “[…]I was a big fan of music and concerts before my injury but I never supported and loved a label like theirs before. Of course they have great music but they are also great people […]I never supported them for any benefits like this lol. Their music and shows were enough for me. But this is amazing and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all and always will. Thank God for you Kendrick and I will continue to pray for you. And like I said, next time I'm driving myself to your show lol. Thanks to the whole team!”