Will Justin Bieber's 226th Make-A-Wish at Young Hollywood Awards help clean up his image?

Jul 28, 2014 at 9:52 p.m. ET
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Justin Bieber's charitable side is making headlines much less than the controversy that seems to surround him everywhere he goes — but is the singer finally trying to clean up his image?

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Bieber has been a big supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation for years and he is passionate about helping children suffering from life-threatening conditions achieve their dream. The singer was on hand Sunday night for the Young Hollywood Awards to help Grace Kesablak, a 10-year-old cancer patient.

According to Cody Simpson, who introduced Justin Bieber, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 38 minutes and Bieber holds the record for most wishes granted by a recording artist ever. Back in 2013, he passed 200 wishes.

"Despite his relentless schedule, Justin has been genuinely committed to granting wishes since the very beginning and a strong supporter of Make-A-Wish," Make-A-Wish America president and CEO, David Williams, said of Bieber back in 2013. "Justin understands the impact on a child of a wish-come-true and how it can create positive changes in their outlook, help them feel better, and even influence their health."

The fact that Bieber's legal issues overshadow his charitable acts can at least partially be attributed to the fact that he isn't incredibly vocal about the wishes he grants, except when he is trying to promote Make-A-Wish's mission.

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"I don't do any of these for recognition," Bieber said during his speech. "I do it because I love it and because I love to make them smile.

"All grace has ever wanted was to be a celebrity, so everybody can you please give a big round of applause and a big scream and a big roar for Grace," he said to the little girl at the award show. "This award is for you."