I”m a super big fan of the TV show Modern Family.  I’m two episodes behind on my DVR, but tonight I plan on catching up!  I don’t think I’ve ever missed one episode from the Emmy award winning show.  But, just like the saying goes..”You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors” after learning this story I had NO idea about this.

Sarah Hyland who plays Haley Dunphy on ABC’s hit show Modern Family is a very lucky woman today.  At the age of 21, she recently just received a new kidney thanks to her actor father Edward James Hyland.   The surgery was mid April and Sarah is doing well.  Sarah has been battling kidney dysplasia since the age of 9.  I had no idea she was so sick.  Sick enough that the producers of the show wrote her parts into the show that required her minimal standing.  She was in pain on the set so much that they made her sit alot in chairs or lean on things during the sitcoms show.

Read more about how she is doing now and how her great boyfriend has been treating her.  Take a look here.    Sarah has been speaking out this week to GMA and Seventeen magazine also about her life.

I was lucky enough to meet her last year in LA when Bubba and I were there for the American Idol finale show.  She was at the AI after party in the LA Live section of town at the huge party that was at the top of an LA parking garage that they transformed into this amazing party space. 

I got so excited seeing her sitting there.  As I look back, she sat the WHOLE night.  Never got up and walked around when I saw her.  Maybe she was experiencing that pain then too.  I walked up to her and she was SO nice.  She was sitting there with a group of people and I reached my hand out and she shook it and was super sweet.  I told her I was a fan of the show and that she was more beautiful in person.  She was gracious and nice.  I do remember thinking I had to reach down really far to offer her my hand to shake.  She never got up from the couch she was sitting on.  Maybe, she wasn’t able to.  Maybe she was lounging that night with kidney pain.  Who knows right?

Now, that I reminisce I remember that night fondly.  What a great opportunity in my career to broadcast LIVE from American Idol.  I met SO many amazing singers and stars.  It was a great time.



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