Blue’s Clues’ Steve Burns reunites with Make-A-Wish patient more than two decades after meeting

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Steve Burns received a welcome surprise at Steel City Con in Pennsylvania earlier this month. 

The Blue’s Clues star, 49, was reunited with a former Make-A-Wish Patient he met in the early 2000s. 

Brandon Ragland, the former patient, shared a pair of photos to social media – one from the initial meeting and another from a couple weeks ago. 

Surprise: Steve Burns received a welcome surprise at Steel City Con in Pennsylvania earlier this month

Ragland wrote about Burns’ reaction in the caption, saying, ‘I showed him these pictures of us from that first meeting , and told him who I was. To which he responded almost instantly “I remember this! I remember you!” and started to spout of some memory about how I was a wild child and was crawling under the restaurant table.’ 

Brandon, who TMZ reports has been in remission for almost 23 years after battling stage 4 cancer in his kidneys and lungs, said he and Burns both got ‘choked up’ at this meeting. 

Steve gave him a hug and said, ‘This made my entire year and I’m so glad you’re here,’ according to Ragland. 

'Unexpectedly emotional': Ragland wrote about Burns' reaction in the caption, saying, 'I showed him these pictures of us from that first meeting , and told him who I was. To which he responded almost instantly “I remember this! I remember you!”'

‘Unexpectedly emotional’: Ragland wrote about Burns’ reaction in the caption, saying, ‘I showed him these pictures of us from that first meeting , and told him who I was. To which he responded almost instantly “I remember this! I remember you!”’

Brandon finished his caption by calling Burns ‘One of the nicest and most genuine people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. I think he might been more moved than I was over the whole ordeal.’ 

Burns wrote in the comments, ‘I can’t. This was too much❤️❤️❤️.’ 

Steve was the host of the beloved kids show from 1996 to 2002. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy back in 2001 for his work on the show. 

Sweet comment: Burns wrote in the comments, 'I can’t. This was too much❤️❤️❤️'

Sweet comment: Burns wrote in the comments, ‘I can’t. This was too much❤️❤️❤️’

Gig: Burns landed the gig when he was just 22, having moved to New York City to try to be a 'serious' actor

Gig: Burns landed the gig when he was just 22, having moved to New York City to try to be a ‘serious’ actor

Though he made kids’ dreams come true for years, Burns recently revealed in a Variety interview that he struggled with depression while filming the program. 

Burns departed the show after 100 episodes and revealed he ‘didn’t know it yet, but I was the happiest depressed person in North America. I was struggling with severe clinical depression the whole time I was on that show.’ 

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‘It was my job to be utterly and completely full of joy and wonder at all times, and that became impossible,’ Burns admitted. 

Depressed: 'I didn’t know it yet, but I was the happiest depressed person in North America. I was struggling with severe clinical depression the whole time I was on that show,' he said

Depressed: ‘I didn’t know it yet, but I was the happiest depressed person in North America. I was struggling with severe clinical depression the whole time I was on that show,’ he said

Healing: 'After I left Blue’s Clues, there was a long period of healing. It wasn’t until the death of my father that I really started to take things seriously, and my life became so much more manageable,' Burns said

Healing: ‘After I left Blue’s Clues, there was a long period of healing. It wasn’t until the death of my father that I really started to take things seriously, and my life became so much more manageable,’ Burns said

‘I was always able to dig and find something that felt authentic to me that was good enough to be on the show, but after years and years of going to the well without replenishing it, there was a cost,’ he said.

‘My strategy had been: “Hey, you got a great thing going, so just fight it!” Turns out, you don’t fight depression; you collect it,’ he said.

‘After I left Blue’s Clues, there was a long period of healing. It wasn’t until the death of my father that I really started to take things seriously, and my life became so much more manageable,’ Burns said.



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