During his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, One Life to Live star Eddie Alderson (Matthew) has shared his journey on social media and has been grateful to his fans and friends for helping him through his journey. And now he’s using Twitter to hopefully get the attention of Bruce Springsteen! “‘No Surrender’ has been my motto and go-to song throughout my current fight against Cancer,” the young actor tweeted to the Grammy-winner. “I’m seeing your Bruce on Broadway show Dec. 27, and would love to get you to write "No Surrender" on my arm, for my first tattoo! Thank you for being my inspiration!"
Eddie revealed his cancer diagnosis back in November of 2016 and has continued to keep his fans in the loop as he’s undergone treatment. And “No Surrender” has been his motto from the very beginning. The song is one of the tracks on Bruce’s classic Born in the USA album and has become a staple of his concert tours. Currently, Springsteen is in residency at the Walter Kerr Theater in NYC performing Springsteen on Broadway, an intimate show that has proven so popular it has been extended through June of 2018.
Fans and friends have retweeted Eddie's request for Bruce’s autograph, including some of his old OLTL castmates. “Eddie, you’re the best and you inspire me with your strength and bravery!” posted Melissa Fumero (Adriana). Josh Kelly (Cutter) declared: “When I grow up I wanna be Eddie Alderson. Just my thoughts for the day.” Terri Conn (Aubrey) promised Bruce he “will find no more an inspiration, a talent, or a kind and pure heart than in Eddie Alderson.” And daytime star-turned-Broadway Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry (Evangeline) tweeted: “Thank you, Eddie, for inspiring me since our days on OLTL! I stand with you! #NoSurrender”
Eddie was touched by the outpouring of support on social media for both his campaign and also his battle with cancer. “I can’t begin to explain the love I’ve been feeling these last few days from you guys,” he tweeted. “What started as a simple idea of a tweet has turned into me realizing what a true family I have in all of you. Hope everybody had an amazing Christmas!”
We hope Eddie enjoys the show and gets his autograph, but even if he doesn’t, at least he knows how many people love and support him! Those fans have been following his career since it first began on OLTL — see how he’s grown up over the years in the gallery below!
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