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VIDEO: Local Girl Hopes Video Helps Her to Meet Her Favorite Band

Port Jefferson resident Melena Butera wants to meet One Direction for her Sweet Sixteen.

Port Jefferson resident Melena Butera's story has been featured on News 12 Long Island and in The Port Times Record. Her plea has even been tweeted by entertainment blogger Perez Hilton.

Butera, who has Down Syndrome, is hoping for her YouTube video to go viral and attract the attention of one of the biggest boy band sensations on the charts today, the British import One Direction.

Ever since her sister introduced the teenager to the band they've been a facination for her. For Butera's 16th birthday in November, she wants to meet the boys from One Direction and her friends and family are trying to make it possible.

They have a Facebook page, a Twitter account and have been flooding social media with their message. The video already has over 28,000 views.

Watch the video above and help spread the word for a local teen to help her achieve her dream.

"So we know this is a long shot," says her sister Juliana in the video but they are putting all their effort into the campaign.

"You never know unless you try," she wrote on the YouTube page.

Marian Larson September 02, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Wow...that was so sweet and touching! I hope Melena gets her wish, or perhaps even a birthday phone call or a card from the band.
Sarah queen September 07, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Just because she has ds shouldn't make her any different I bet there are tons of other kids who want to meet one direction..they shouldn't use her disability as a tool if she had cancer I would understand but my cousin has ds and really was into Hannah Montana you didn't see our family going on she really wants to meet her and because she has ds she should
Jonathan Sutton October 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I hope she gets to meet them...... DS kid go thur so much everyday of their life . why should they not get something wonderful happen for them... Hope it Happens no matter what anyone says

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