Gloria Estefan Funds Hospital Stay for 8-Year-Old Boy with Cerebral Palsy: 'I Felt a Very Strong Connection'

An 8-year-old boy battling cerebral palsy just got a big boost from a music superstar.

Gloria Estefan is paying for specialized treatment to help Nicholas “Nico” Katrib of Miami – and on Monday she met the boy whose life she is changing forever.

“It was so emotional,” Estefan, 57, tells PEOPLE after meeting Nico and his family. “He was adorable. He gave me kisses and knew my name.”

Gloria and Emilio Estefan Are Going Strong – And to Broadway!

At 55, Gloria Estefan is right where she wants to be.

“This is the time in my life when I’m doing everything I want to do, when I want to do it. It’s ‘me’ time,” the singer tells AARP magazine.

And that includes spending time with her husband Emilio, who is still making her swoon after 35 years of marriage.

“Oh my gosh, Emilio – he’s a dreamer who makes things a reality,” she says.

Carrie Underwood & Gloria Estefan Party Post-AMAs in L.A.

Don’t get Carried away!

After winning best country album at the 40th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher celebrated at Koi Los Angeles.

“They looked happier than ever. Carrie seemed overjoyed and excited throughout the evening and every time her husband made a toast,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE. “Her demeanor made it obvious to everyone – even those who didn’t catch the show – that she had taken home an important award.”

Gloria Estefan's Dogs Have Full Run of the House

Her children are no longer in diapers, but Gloria Estefan is still on baby duty.

The singer and her husband of 34 years, Emilio, keep busy tending to their brood: English bulldogs Isaac, Biggie and Noelle, and Chihuahua Lulu.

“They’re my babies,” Estefan tells PEOPLE in the latest issue. Because they have such a prized place in her heart, the furry foursome have full run of the Estefans’ 15,000-sq.-ft. Miami Beach waterfront estate.

VIDEO: Gloria Estefan Escapes from Locked Luxury Box

Miami Heat: Which Stars Will Clamor for Courtside Seats?

With basketball big shots Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh teaming up in Miami, fans can expect the games to pack a lot of heat. But it’s not just the players that are bringing the sizzle.

Like the Los Angeles Lakers games on the West coast, Miami Heat games are star-studded events, known to bring out celebs like Kim Kardashian, Celine Dion and Beyoncé Knowles to courtside seats.

Gloria Estefan Could Have Been a Spy

Had fate worked differently for Gloria Estefan, today the Cuban singer would be working as a spy. Thanks to her ability with languages, when she was younger the CIA asked her to work for them, reports People En Español.

Colombian Rocker Juanes Sweeps Latin Grammys

Colombian rock star Juanes was crowned the new king of the Latin Grammys Thursday night, sweeping the five awards for which he was nominated and becoming the new record holder – with 17 to his name overall.

“It really has been an amazing night,” Juanes said when his hit, “La Vida … Es Un Ratico,” was named Record of the Year.

Gloria Estefan on J.Lo Pregnancy: 'What a Surprise'

Jennifer Lopez had better be pregnant, says Gloria Estefan, who was not shocked about Lopez’s recent announcement that she’s expecting.

“Oh, what a surprise. I think we guessed that,” the singer told Extra at the Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday. “Either that or she swallowed a basketball!”

Arrest: Enemy at the Estefans's Gate

Juan Carlos Diaz, a Venezuelan actor who has publicly accused Emilio Estefan – the music mogul husband of Gloria Estefan, 44 – of making an unwanted sexual advance toward him, was arrested Thursday on a charge that on Jan. 7 he invaded the Estefans’s property in Miami Beach, reports Reuters. The warrant was issued from the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, and the arrest was made not long after prominent Miami attorney Ellis Rubin withdrew as Diaz’s representative in the actor’s sexual harassment case against Estefan.