'Idol's' Chris Medina receives donation from Topher Grace
March 4th, 2011
05:25 PM ET

'Idol's' Chris Medina receives donation from Topher Grace

Chris Medina may not have made it to the Top 13 of "American Idol," but that doesn't mean he's not a winner.

The singer touched the judges and fans alike with his story of sticking by the side of his fiancée, Juliana Ramos, who was involved in a traumatic car accident two months prior to their planned wedding.

As a recent guest on "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest's radio show, Medina was surprised by a $35,000 donation from Proactiv to help with Ramos' care.

"So awesome," Medina said, his voice breaking as he wept. "That's so cool."

Actor Topher Grace was also a guest on Seacrest's program, and he and Ryan Kavanaugh, the producer of Grace's latest project "Take Me Home Tonight," decided to also kick in to the fund by matching the $35,000.

"Topher and I kind of talked about it and we want to do something special for you as well," Kavanaugh said. "We talked about what defines a man, and you are what defines a man."

"I'm not really [an] emotional guy, but it's amazing and my hat is off to you," Grace said.

Producer Rodney Jerkins was also moved by Medina and Ramos' story, and wrote the song "What Are Words" for the singer. Those wishing to donate money for Ramos' care can visit the Lars Foundation.

Click here to listen to the full interview with Medina on the "Ryan Seacrest Show."

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Jimbo Bingham

    Chris, you are a the quintessential American Idol. Really looking forward to follow your carrer as a singer/songwriter.

    I saw this version sung by a girl also, it is a beautiful song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFk1-oow8r0&feature=feedu

    Go Chris 🙂

    March 19, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Spiderman3

    sorry that peter parker stole ur girlfriend TOPH????? hes gonna give him back 2 u as soon as possible,, hahaha im just trying to make some funnnnnnnnn..........

    March 8, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sani

    Topher Grace???? the black Spider Man in Spider Man 3????? whats he doing here? please dont shoot ur spider web on chris, please??? Haha Just kidding..............

    March 8, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ratt Man

    U r all stupid

    March 7, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shoooo

    I just let a stinker. It stinks. Shoooo : )

    March 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James

    Yeah~! http://goo.gl/W5

    March 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JAKE

    Plus i still think Topher is trying to smoooooch with chris ! YEAH BABY ! the kids on my short bus will be liking this ! 🙂

    March 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JAKE

    Your post really offends me. In all honestly i have some major lleague physical deformities. I can walk but not overly great. I have had severe spinal pain since puberrty. So yes i guess you can say i am physically rataarded. I also try to act as mentally retarded aas i can just because it is fun. Just becausae someone is physically or mentally challenged does not mean they cant have a sense of humor. It is pretty obviouis to my slow feeble brain the people here are just trying to be funny. Lighten up. LIfe with disabilities is serious and not fun. We need all the silliness and humour we can get in our lives.


    March 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CHRIS

    I got that topher ferver got that toopher feeeever got that tooooopher feeeever it cant be wrong. He give me lots of moooney happy funnny mooooney now he is my looooooveer this is my song.

    March 6, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. CHRIS


    March 6, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. florene

    I agree with you 100 oercent Sarah. Topher did an incredibly nice thing. The jerkz deriding him for this should be ashamed. They are just creepz or children. If Topher has a crush on Chris then so what? He and Chris will make a cute couple. PLEASE LAY OFF ON BEING MEAN TO THEM.

    March 6, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. sammi


    March 6, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Veronica

    How disgraceful most of you are on this subject!!! Your behavior is so disgusting, I usually don't wish others harm but you are all so vile that you deserve some to knock you back down to earth and be a human being. I'm sure you are all children because no decent person would say such drivel – now go back to watching some reality BS and leave the adults alone

    March 6, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Suzanne

    I so wanted this young man on the top 10, He is so amazing, This World needs more people like him. Continue singing, you are good....

    March 5, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sarah

    I for one am very happy Topher has hound himself a new boyfriend. He is a kind and wonderful person and deserves the best. This is kind of an unconventional way of hooking up with someone but too each his own. ROCK ON TOPHER !

    March 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. TED

    Yeah ! A tattoo on his lower back reading TOPHER. HIiney huumperz. Gross.

    March 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. emily

    I agree with you Jay. I hope he doesnt spend it all on malt liquor and menthol cigarettes. I bet he will use some of the money to get a tattoo.

    March 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soco

      Well Emily since when do you read the mind, or are a fortune teller? you should not judge.
      What you think you'll do it's not what anybody elso will also do.

      March 15, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  18. Maureen

    Chris will be required to set up a trust fund. It may relieve him of accepting the burden of her long term care. His talent brought light to her situation. He should move on. The rest of his life is a long time to be committed to her. All you nasty people just SHUT UP. Praise you Topher! whoever you are!

    March 5, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • LiBra29

      How can you be so sure Medina sees caring for his fiancee as a "burden?"

      March 6, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  19. emily

    Topher does seem a little odd.

    March 5, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • LiBra29

      Better to be "odd" than a complete jerk. I'm glad Medina got the money. With the cost of health care in this country, I can't image what he, his fiancee, and their families have been going through.

      March 6, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  20. CHRIS

    Fez was his lifepartnerr. They must not be getting along.

    March 5, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  21. mia

    I thought he was dating The Situation from jersey shore. They must have broken up. Poor Topher having to buy himelf a new booytoy. Poor Guy.

    March 5, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  22. couch critic

    Jay, it's none of your business how he spends the money. If you're not putting up, STFU!!!

    March 5, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  23. couch critic

    Jay, it's none of your business how he spends the money! If you're not putting up, I suggest you shut up!!!!!

    March 5, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  24. Sheila

    Chris and his soon-to-be-wife are very deserving of this generous donation. He has proven that angels live among us! I pray that the journey for them is eased by all of our love and prayers. Good luck and God Bless you both. Rock on Chris!!

    March 5, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jay

    Hope the money will actually be used to help and improve her care for now and in the long future she may have ahead, and NOT blown on huge TV screens and video games, cars, etc. and many unnecessary items. Hope it is really used for the reason it was given, if you know what I mean. People get some money they go crazy with it and end up blowing it. The girl herself obviously has no say in how the money will be used and it is for HER. If this guy eventually decides to move on in the future and needs fullfilment from a normal relationship and kids, I hope this money is protected in a trust or fund for this girl. He's great to be around as long as he has, but he does have a right to move on with his own life and I can see that eventually happening. I have seen her and it would seem with her brain injuries she really doesn't know what is what anyway. So very sad.

    March 5, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • LiBra29

      I don't even know where to begin with this ignorant rant. What makes you think Medina is dumb enough to blow the money on TVs?? Where did you even come up with that? He obviously cares very, very deeply for his fiancee so I really doubt he would do that.

      I saw the young lady on the show as well, and I think it's completely unfair and just plain rude for you to say she has no idea what's going on. My uncle had a brain injury and people treated him like he was severely mentally challenged when he was still 100% aware of what was going on around him. Just because someone has trouble expressing him/herself due to an injury DOES NOT mean they can't process the world around them. We don't know the extent of this young woman's injuries so don't make ignorant and hurtful assumptions.

      March 6, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Ohblabla

      Dude, just... what the hell? If you actually looked into Chris's life, or even just watched the American Idol episode, you would actually know something about him! Firstly, he's been caring for his fiance for YEARS, dedicating his time to making life easier for her along with her mother's help. I don't even know what you got the thought that a guy like that would even consider blowing all that help money on selfish splurges! And another thing– his fiance is totally aware of what was going on. For instance, entering the Idol Judging room, Chris said she became extremely excited and nervous because she's a huge fan of Steven Tyler! Just because she can't show her reaction like other poeple can, do not assume she's braindead or mentally retarded or some crap.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  26. tiztoo

    Chris Medina is the reason I was watching Idol this season. Since he left the show, I am no longer psyched. : (

    March 4, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jam

    How nice of them to do that hope the kids story isnt bologna like alot of other idol contenders.

    March 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MissK

      Jam, how could this be "bologna".

      If you knew the story about what he was going through with his fiancee, and you still made that comment, you are a heartless jerk.

      March 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      You must not have seen the show. His fiancee attended with him and his family. She was obviously very damaged from the accident – there was no faking going on there. I usually hate the sob stories, but this was was not presented by Chris Mendina as something anyone should be praising him for, just as what a man does for a woman he loves.

      March 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  28. moon627

    nice to know there are still some angels on earth – well done Proactiv – and you rock Topher !

    March 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |

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