LIMA— Down-to-earth. That is one word to describe Crystal Bowersox, a previous American Idol runner-up, a northwest Ohio native, and an advocate for the prevention of diabetes.
Bowersox, 26, who has Type 1 Diabetes herself, visited kids in the pediatric floor of St. Rita’s Medical Center Friday afternoon, signing autographs and creating smiles.
“Hopefully boosted some morale today,” Bowersox said. “It’s always a nice thing to do to show up and try to make some smiles.”
One of those patients, Carson Speicher, 2, stared wide-eyed at the ex-American Idol star as she talked to his parents, Shane and Alesha Speicher.
“I thought it was pretty awesome. Nice to do,” Alesha Speicher said. “I know, we’ve gotten involved in different things in MS and stuff like that and to get involved with something like that, health-wise, anything is really good.”
Bowersox said she chose the pediatric floor because she was a sick kid, and she can’t imagine how she would handle her son, Tony, 3, being in the hospital.
“I was a sick kid. I was diagnosed with Type 1 at six. My son is 3 and a half and healthy and I just don’t know how I would handle any of it,” she said. “So these parents are some of the strongest people I’ve met and it’s just a beautiful thing to help support what they’re doing.”
Bowersox visited the hospital prior to her performance later in the evening at Square Fair.
One pediatric nurse, Karrie Savage, came in on her day off to meet Bowersox. Immediately upon seeing her, she asked, “Can I give you a hug?” Bowersox said, “of course.”
“I’m one of her biggest fans,” Savage said. “I was really excited when my manager told me she was going to come visit because I watched all of Idol.”
So what was it like being on American Idol?
“It was an experience,” Bowersox said. “Obviously life is better in every way because of it. But it was tough for me. It was a really hard thing to get through.”
Bowersox said she is currently working on her next album and enjoying being a mom in the mean time.
Crystal Bowersox visits St. Rita's