Boy battling cancer gets lunch at Wahlburgers, phone call from a Wahlberg

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A Mississippi boy on the comeback trail from a bout with cancer got more than a burger at the new Wahlburger’s outside the OWA Amusement Park on Monday.

Brent Lee, 12, from Waynesboro, Mississippi received a Facetime call from actor Donnie Wahlberg, who spent 15-minutes on the phone with Lee near the set of CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”  

Wahlberg, in a phone call that was arranged after a staff member learned of Lee’s condition, gave the 12-year-old some words of encouragement and even promised a visit.  Lee has spent the past several years in a fight with T-Cell Lymphoma, though fortunately, the illness is now in remission. 

“I told [Donnie] I had cancer,” said Lee. “[Wahlberg said] keep going, proud of you, and I’m gonna visit in a few months.”

A restaurant spokesperson told News 5 that members of the Wahlberg family, including Donnie, are expected to visit Wahlburgers in the coming months to promote the opening of the restaurant in the entertainment section of OWA last year. 

The restaurant is featured in the A&E reality series “Wahlburgers,” which follows the family behind-the-scenes as they open burger restaurants across the country. 

Wahlburgers at OWA is a finalist in the Gulf Coast’s Best Burger competition, with voting taking place on WKRG.com until Friday April 20.  News 5 will feature the restaurant’s “Our Burger” this Tuesday on News 5 at Noon.

Actor Mark Wahlberg, Donnie’s younger brother, recently posted a video on Facebook to encourage Wahlburger fans to vote in the Gulf Coast’s Best Burger competition on WKRG.com. 

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